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exultation

[eg-zuhl-tey-shuh n, ek-suhl-] /ˌɛg zʌlˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sʌl-/
noun
1.
the act of exulting; lively or triumphant joy, as over success or victory.
Also, exultancy
[ig-zuhl-tn-see] /ɪgˈzʌl tn si/ (Show IPA),
exultance.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ex(s)ultātiōn- (stem of ex(s)ultātiō), equivalent to ex(s)ultāt(us) (past participle of ex(s)ultāre to exult) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonexultation, noun
self-exultation, noun
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Examples from the web for exultation
  • Be happy, dear hearts, and allow yourselves a few more weeks of quiet exultation.
  • But some technologists insist that the site's ascent is a cause for concern, not exultation.
  • It is, in the best of years, a night of exultation and exclamation marks.
  • Politics in the past few months have generated feelings of exultation and horror but not much comedy.
  • Alternating between exultation and despair, emotional anguish and abnormal lucidity, his is a tortured soul.
  • Poets had no qualms about airing intimacies of regret and exultation.
  • But that shout, it becomes clear, is one of despair rather than exultation.
  • Sometimes applause is a form of pray and exultation.
  • The moment of finding a fellow-creature is often as full of mingled doubt and exultation, as the moment of finding an idea.
  • Into them it inspired no other sentiments than those of exultation and rapture.
Word Origin and History for exultation
n.

early 15c., from Old French exultacion, from Latin exultationem/exsultationem, noun of action from past participle stem of exultare/exsultare, frequentative of exsilire "leap out or up" (see exult). Notion is of leaping or dancing for joy. An Old English word for it was heahbliss "high bliss."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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