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[ih-ley-shuh n] /ɪˈleɪ ʃən/
a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits.
Origin of elation
1350-1400; Middle English elacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēlātiōn- (stem of ēlātiō), equivalent to ēlāt(us) (see elate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
self-elation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elation
  • My elation evaporated just a year later when my job was eliminated, and I found myself seeking employment in a tight job market.
  • My elation at this great revelation was short-lived.
  • There's kind of an elation for us when the work is good at the end of the night, .
  • Fans hugged each other in elation and jumped in unison as the rain poured down.
  • It makes me want to shout with elation that such minds and such thinking have been growing all these years.
  • Instead of feeling elation, he found himself fighting off tears.
  • When I knew it would work, a kind of elation came over me.
  • My early feeling of elation, however, quickly gave way to indecision.
  • Strangers hugged each other in elation and jumped in unison.
  • The elation drained away as he walked back, tripping over dangling sleeves like a honeymooner in an old-fashioned farce.
British Dictionary definitions for elation


joyfulness or exaltation of spirit, as from success, pleasure, or relief; high spirits
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Word Origin and History for elation

late 14c., from Old French elacion "elation, conceit, arrogance, vanity," from Latin elationem (nominative elatio), noun of action from elatus "elevated," form used as past participle of efferre, from ex- "out" + latus (see oblate (n.)), past participle of ferre "carry" (see infer). Metaphoric sense of "lifting spirits" was in Latin and has always been the principal meaning in English.

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