exhilaration

[ig-zil-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
exhilarated condition or feeling.
2.
the act of exhilarating.

Origin:
1615–25; < Late Latin exhilarātiōn- (stem of exhilarātiō). See exhilarate, -ion


1. animation, joyousness, jollity, hilarity.
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exhilarate (ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate
 
[C16: from Latin exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious]
 
exhila'ration
 
n
 
ex'hilarative
 
adj
 
ex'hilaratory
 
adj

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exhilaration
1620s, from L.L. exhilarationem, noun of action from exhilarare (see exhilarate).
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Example sentences
The vibe in camp was one of excitement and exhilaration.
Allowed to cast themselves for great tragic roles, they were experiencing the exhilaration felt by great tragic actors.
For others, the exhilaration was tinged with tears, sadness and the melancholy
  of remembrance.
Most become believers once they feel the exhaustion and exhilaration
  simultaneously.
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