Origin of excitement

1375–1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum. See excite, -ment
Related formshy·per·ex·cite·ment, nounsu·per·ex·cite·ment, noun

Synonyms for excitement

Synonym study

1. See agitation.

Antonyms for excitement

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British Dictionary definitions for hyper-excitement


  1. the state of being excited
  2. a person or thing that excites; stimulation or thrill
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Word Origin and History for hyper-excitement



early 15c., "encouragement;" c.1600, "something that tends to excite," from excite + -ment. Meaning "condition of mental and emotional agitation" is from 1846.

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hyper-excitement in Medicine


  1. An emotional state characterized by its potential for impulsive or poorly controlled activity.
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