a feeling or state of great joy or pride; exultant gladness; high spirits.

1350–1400; Middle English elacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin ēlātiōn- (stem of ēlātiō), equivalent to ēlāt(us) (see elate) + -iōn- -ion

self-elation, noun
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elation (ɪˈleɪʃən)
joyfulness or exaltation of spirit, as from success, pleasure, or relief; high spirits

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. elacion, from L. elationem (nom. elatio), from elatus "elevated," pp. of efferre, from ex- "out" + latus (see oblate), pp. 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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Example sentences
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.
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