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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 exulting
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  • One day, exulting in life and its possibilities he writes, "Oh, it would be glorious to live life over a thousand times."

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • With an exulting joy I threw myself upon the man as he struggled to rise.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • I gladly seized the glittering prize and bore it away, exulting in my good fortune.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • He was thrilling and exulting in ways new to him and greater to him than any he had known before.

    White Fang Jack London
  • She now returned with wealth, with elevated rank, with brilliant reputation, and exulting in conscious power.

  • "I am a match for them all," he thought, with a conviction too firm to be exulting.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • And when you are well clear of the rocks you bear up and run before it—most glorious and exulting sensation of all.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • And I heard his exulting words: "You are not strong enough!"

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • Every member of the noble corps felt an exulting pride in his relation to it, and regarded his badge as a mark of great honor.

    Three Years in the Sixth Corps George T. Stevens
  • I had been thinking about life when I might have been exulting in it.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for exulting


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 exulting



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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