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excitement

[ik-sahyt-muh nt] /ɪkˈsaɪt mənt/
noun
1.
an excited state or condition.
2.
something that excites.
Origin of excitement
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum. See excite, -ment
Related forms
hyperexcitement, noun
superexcitement, noun
Synonyms
1. perturbation, commotion, ado. See agitation.
Antonyms
1. serenity.
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  • Vivian, in spite of his philosophy, felt the excitement of the moment.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He was calm of face, but she guessed an excitement beneath the surface.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Mrs. Armstrong's air of excitement was very much in evidence.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Christmas excitement had not died out in the ward when Carlotta went back to it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Darlin': I was sayin' Now I lay me—throbbin' with excitement.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for excitement

excitement

/ɪkˈsaɪtmənt/
noun
1.
the state of being excited
2.
a person or thing that excites; stimulation or thrill
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Word Origin and History for excitement
n.

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

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excitement in Medicine

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

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