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exhilaration

[ig-zil-uh-rey-shuh n] /ɪgˌzɪl əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
exhilarated condition or feeling.
2.
the act of exhilarating.
Origin of exhilaration
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin exhilarātiōn- (stem of exhilarātiō). See exhilarate, -ion
Synonyms
1. animation, joyousness, jollity, hilarity.
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  • In the end she gave him her promise and he went from her with a rare and vivid feeling of exhilaration.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • It was an exhilaration even to look at that embodiment of physical development.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Piggy's exhilaration having worn off by this time, he picked up a mussel-shell and threw it at Jimmy's feet.

    The Court of Boyville William Allen White
  • Then, from an undercurrent of exhilaration, it occurred to her that she had never laughed so in all these years.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • At this altitude the air was crisp and keen, producing a sense of exhilaration in the occupants of the car.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
Word Origin and History for exhilaration
n.

1620s, from Late Latin exhilarationem (nominative exhilaratio), noun of action from past participle stem of exhilarare (see exhilarate).

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