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[ig-zuhlt] /ɪgˈzʌlt/
verb (used without object)
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant:
They exulted over their victory.
Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.
Origin of exult
1560-70; < Latin ex(s)ultāre to leap up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -sultāre (combining form of saltāre to leap)
Related forms
exultingly, adverb
self-exulting, adjective
Can be confused
exalt, exult.
1. delight, glory, revel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exult
  • Mystics exult in mystery and want it to stay mysterious.
  • Canadians are an exciting, dynamic people who exult in their well-defined and instantly recognizable national culture.
  • We have no disposition to exult over this victory, signal and important as it is.
  • She sang about earthly and divine ecstasy, and she sang simply to exult in her voice.
  • Knowing how much they have to prove and laughing it off, they exult in the lean riffs and steady crunch of the songs.
  • The whites react with horror, while the blacks exult.
  • Those who defend our system concede-indeed, exult-that it places roadblocks in the path of major policy shifts.
  • Add a spoonful to mayonnaise and exult in its spiciness, so right for salads of fruit.
  • There may be no better way to promote this than to study, understand, and exult in masterpieces.
  • No wonder, then, that the representative papers of the coast exult in its achievements.
British Dictionary definitions for exult


verb (intransitive)
to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice
(often foll by over) to triumph (over); show or take delight in the defeat or discomfiture (of)
Derived Forms
exultation (ˌɛɡzʌlˈteɪʃən) noun
exultingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exsultāre to jump or leap for joy, from saltāre to leap
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Word Origin and History for exult

1560s, "to leap up;" 1590s, "to rejoice, triumph," from Middle French exulter, from Latin exultare/exsultare "leap about, leap for joy," frequentative of exsilire "to leap up," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). The notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. Related: Exulted; exulting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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