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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

Synonyms for exult

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Historical Examples of exultingly

  • "Mark was all right, whatever he said," cried the old man, exultingly.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • "So far so good," thought Willis exultingly, as he drove off.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

  • "Now the boy may do his worst," said James Grey, exultingly.

    Tom, The Bootblack

    Horatio Alger

  • I told her, exultingly, that I was appointed sergeant-major of our battalion.

  • I told you so,” cried Pat exultingly; “we shall have as many as we like to catch.

    The Three Admirals

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for exultingly


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 exultingly



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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