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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
  • On the whole, they refrained from criticising modern times or from exulting their own.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • I gladly seized the glittering prize and bore it away, exulting in my good fortune.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • She knew that her mother was exulting in the lucky inspiration which had made her set it there.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • She now returned with wealth, with elevated rank, with brilliant reputation, and exulting in conscious power.

  • "Now I've got her," thought the young rascal, exulting in his fun-loving soul.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • 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.
  • "They will be home by dinner-time," said the exulting father.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • 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
  • It represented a hospital nurse in the act of exulting over her patient.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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