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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
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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Examples for exaltation
  • AN ode is a kind of lyrical poem written to express exaltation and praise.
  • He approached this invisibility with a sort of exaltation.
  • exaltation gives way to despair, which is replaced anew by exaltation.
  • Those locales are gorgeous, custom-made for exaltation by a lyrically inclined writer.
  • War inevitably produces an exaltation of presidential power.
  • There are realistic alternatives to the exaltation of an unconstrained market.
  • Finally, a dance of salvation contrasted reverent bows with wide stretches of the arms in exaltation.
  • Rarely has one seen a dance company throw itself onto the stage with such kinetic exaltation.
  • It's a place of collective obsession, of exaltation.
  • There is an exaltation about the grim jesting in the face of tragedy which gives a curious touch of nobility to what they say.
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
exaltation
late 14c, from Fr. exaltation, from L. exaltationem, from exaltare (see exalt).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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