ebul·​lience | \ i-ˈbu̇l-yən(t)s How to pronounce ebullience (audio) , -ˈbəl- How to pronounce ebullience (audio) \

Definition of ebullience

: the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings : exuberance

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Brightman, who earned a Tony nomination in the role, had two shows the day before and has another later on this night, but his infectious energy and ebullience betrays no tiredness. Washington Post, "Broadway readies for biggest audience of the year at Tonys," 9 June 2019 There’s a lot of warmth in I.M., and a sense of domesticity, too; the yang to the yin of Mizrahi’s theatrical sensibility and irrepressible ebullience. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 No matter how investors plan to approach 2019, many agree on one thing: The ebullience that drove shares around the world higher at the start of 2018 appears to have long faded. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Investors on Edge After Stocks’ Biggest Yearly Loss Since 2008," 1 Jan. 2019 Our young friend George usually plays this part, because of his ebullience. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Pilgrims Take Manhattan," 21 Nov. 2018 Being Jewish and a newlywed creates a sense of obligation: As the ebullience of the wedding reception recedes, the hard work of building a Jewish family looms ahead of you. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 Superimposed in the center of this ebullience is an oval frame containing a close-up color image of tangled tree roots, taken in Africa. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: Photographer Todd Gray traces African roots," 9 July 2018 Solos, a dream romance and ensembles all bounced up endearingly out of the music; the ebullience made the dancers look not showy, but exuberantly and unpredictably diverse. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Ballet Today, the Good and the Bad, on Display at the Joyce," 29 June 2018 The overdriven rendition didn't pause for much detail and nuance, foregoing Mozart's ingenious, darker woodwind colorations in favor of determined ebullience. Rick Schultz, latimes.com, "L.A. Chamber Orchestra musicians offer a fitting remembrance for one of their own," 22 May 2018

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1749, in the meaning defined above

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