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[ik-sahyt-muh nt] /ɪkˈsaɪt mənt/
an excited state or condition.
something that excites.
Origin of excitement
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum. See excite, -ment
Related forms
hyperexcitement, noun
superexcitement, noun
1. perturbation, commotion, ado. See agitation.
1. serenity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excitement
  • New York will always be the city of excitement and busyness.
  • The excitement at seeing so many familiar faces was overwhelming, rendering me momentarily incapable of remembering anyone's name.
  • His thick and engaging autobiography is crammed with this kind of excitement.
  • The books may lack traditional comic book heroics, but there is still plenty of excitement.
  • The waves of culinary excitement had a profitable ripple effect.
  • She bit into an Oreo cookie and fanned her face in nervous excitement.
  • The excitement grew more intense, and every face betrayed some uneasiness.
  • You'll like the characters you meet in this movie, and you will find plenty of excitement in it.
  • That has brought an unspeakable level of joy and excitement to my life.
  • This is a key part of the excitement factor that society craves and allows .
British Dictionary definitions for excitement


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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excitement in Medicine

excitement ex·cite·ment (ĭk-sīt'mənt)
An emotional state characterized by its potential for impulsive or poorly controlled activity.

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