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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 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
exultation
early 15c., from M.Fr. exulter, from L. exultare, frequentative of exsilire "leap out or up," from ex- "forth" + salire "to leap" (see salient). Notion is of leaping or dancing for joy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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