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verb (used without object)
  1. to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory.
  2. Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.
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Origin of exult

1560–70; < Latin ex(s)ultāre to leap up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -sultāre (combining form of saltāre to leap)
Related formsex·ult·ing·ly, adverbself-ex·ult·ing, adjective
Can be confusedexalt exult

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Related Words for exulting

rejoice, revel, gloat, cheer, jubilate, celebrate, bully, glory, crow, brag, bluster, triumph, vaunt

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Historical Examples of exulting

  • At this moment the entire Cathedral seemed living and exulting with joy.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • With an exulting joy I threw myself upon the man as he struggled to rise.

  • He was thrilling and exulting in ways new to him and greater to him than any he had known before.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Thus did Rose rattle on, exulting over the scheme she had devised.


    Emile Zola

  • This exulting announcement greeted Polly as she entered the schoolroom.

British Dictionary definitions for exulting


verb (intr)
  1. to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice
  2. (often foll by over) to triumph (over); show or take delight in the defeat or discomfiture (of)
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Derived Formsexultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən), nounexultingly, adverb

Word Origin for exult

C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap


See exalt
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Word Origin and History for exulting



1560s, "to leap up;" 1590s, "to rejoice, triumph," from Middle French exulter, from Latin exultare/exsultare "leap about, leap for joy," frequentative of exsilire "to leap up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). The notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. Related: Exulted; exulting.

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