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exaltation

[eg-zawl-tey-shuh n, ek-sawl-] /ˌɛg zɔlˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sɔl-/
noun
1.
the act of exalting.
2.
the state of being exalted.
3.
elation of mind or feeling, sometimes abnormal or morbid in character; rapture:
mystical exaltation; euphoric exaltation.
4.
Chiefly British. a flight of larks.
5.
Astrology. the sign of the zodiac in which the most positive influence of a planet is expressed (opposed to fall).
6.
Chemistry. (formerly) the process of subliming.
Origin of exaltation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English exaltacioun < Latin exaltātiōn- (stem of exaltātiō). See exalt, -ation
Related forms
hyperexaltation, noun
self-exaltation, noun
superexaltation, noun
Synonyms
3. exultation, transport, euphoria. See ecstasy.
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  • The exaltation is momentary, the cold chill of fact overtakes me.

    The Patient Observer Simeon Strunsky
  • Harriett felt nothing but a strange, solemn excitement and exaltation.

  • exaltation of the holy Crosse29 is sayd / bycause that on this daye the hooly crosse & faythe were gretely enhaunced/.

  • So long as she was busy, a sort of exaltation of service upheld her.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Her eyes, which had already lost much of the dissipated look, were alight with exaltation.

  • But for all that his exaltation did not subside, but assumed a higher pitch.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for exaltation

exaltation

/ˌɛɡzɔːlˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of exalting or state of being exalted
2.
a feeling of intense well-being or exhilaration; elation; rapture
3.
a flock of larks
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Word Origin and History for exaltation
n.

late 14c, from Old French exaltacion "enhancement, elevation," from Latin exaltationem (nominative exaltatio) "elevation, pride," from exaltare (see exalt).

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