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[ig-zuhl-tnt] /ɪgˈzʌl tnt/
exulting; highly elated; jubilant; triumphant.
Origin of exultant
1645-55; < Latin ex(s)ultant- (stem of ex(s)ultāns), present participle of exultāre to exult; see -ant
Related forms
exultantly, adverb
nonexultant, adjective
nonexultantly, adverb
unexultant, adjective
unexultantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The entire cloisters were already swarming with his exultant foes.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • Many thousands had fallen and the Southern generals were exultant.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • There was an exultant throb in the Phantoms tones, the eagerness of the hunter who is tracking down his quarry.

  • Then she was exultant, filled with enthusiastic pride in him.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • The ladies displayed a feeble protest against her exultant happiness.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • "O, you shall hear," she promised tearfully, exultant to prove him wrong.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • I cannot describe the exultant feeling which took possession of me at this discovery.

    Edison's Conquest of Mars Garrett Putnam Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for exultant


elated or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success
Derived Forms
exultance, exultancy, noun
exultantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for exultant

1650s, from Latin exultantem/exsultantem, present participle of exultare/exsultare (see exult). Related: Exultantly.

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