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exult

[ig-zuhlt] /ɪgˈzʌlt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant:
They exulted over their victory.
2.
Obsolete. to leap, especially for joy.
Origin of exult
1560-1570
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.
Synonyms
1. delight, glory, revel.
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  • He had feared even while he exulted, and exulted when plunged deep in fears.

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  • Emancipists sat on these juries, and exulted in the privilege.

  • Tupcombe exulted for the moment, though he could hardly have justified his exultation.

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  • Gulwing was smart but he was not so smart as Marr—Marr exulted to himself.

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  • He embraced me cordially; and I exulted in the thought, that I now had him actually in Caledonia.

  • And when Milt wasn't unromantically thinking of his cold back, he exulted.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Upborne by an unwavering trust, untouched by doubt or fear, he exulted in all he saw.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • He exulted at the swiftness with which a distant group of trees shot at him, under him.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • She would have withstood him, but she could not; and there was that within her that rejoiced, that exulted, because she could not.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for exulted

exult

/ɪɡˈzʌlt/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to be joyful or jubilant, esp because of triumph or success; rejoice
2.
(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 exulted

exult

v.

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.

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