ex·​al·​ta·​tion | \ˌeg-ˌzȯl-ˈtā-shən, ˌek-ˌsȯl-\

Definition of exaltation 

1 : an act of exalting : the state of being exalted

2 : an excessively intensified sense of well-being, power, or importance

3 : an increase in degree or intensity exaltation of virulence of a virus

Examples of exaltation in a Sentence

feelings of joy and exaltation

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And yet the poetic vision is the one thing needful to release a spiritual power, indescribably great, for the exaltation of multitudes. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 4 May 2018 While Complete Cubes may seem like an exaltation of light, Bell considers it, like his oeuvre, to be a celebration of his medium. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "Tech Meets Fine Art in Larry Bell’s Glass Cubes," 22 June 2018 Much of conservatism’s maternal reverence is informed by religion; perhaps no faith elevates motherhood more than Roman Catholicism with its exaltation of Mary, the mother of Christ. Ashley E. Mcguire, Washington Post, "How conservatives are poised to actually make paid family leave a reality," 13 May 2018 His exaltation of Kim's enforcement of order in North Korea recalled Trump's praise last year for President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug war in the Philippines, which has been responsible for numerous extrajudicial killings. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump voices admiration and envy of Kim Jong Un, underscoring his respect for autocrats," 15 June 2018 But in a striking display of the resilience and adaptability of Native Hawaiian culture, the exaltation of Pele has not only persisted through the centuries, but seems to be strengthening with every bone-rattling eruption of Hawaii’s volcanoes. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Madame Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Volcanoes, Awes Those Living in Lava’s Path," 21 May 2018 The music conveyed the exuberance of exaltation, backed up with electric guitars and keyboards and drums. James Barron, New York Times, "From Japan to Harlem, a Gospel Singer Is Born," 10 May 2018 Technology's advances used to receive unadulterated exaltation; these days, the promises have gone sour, the optimism dried up. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Google and the Rise of "Digital Wellbeing"," 9 May 2018 After all, Christian exaltation of the suffering of Christ and the martyrs has permeated Western culture for nearly two thousand years, long before the latest campus dust-ups about no-platforming conservative speakers. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Centrist Grievance Against “Victim Politics”," 7 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of exaltation

: the act of raising someone or something in importance : the act of exalting someone or something or the state of being exalted

: a strong sense of happiness, power, or importance


ex·​al·​ta·​tion | \ˌeg-ˌzȯl-ˈtā-shən, ˌek-ˌsȯl- \

Medical Definition of exaltation 

1a : marked or excessive intensification of a mental state or of the activity of a bodily part or function

b : an abnormal sense of personal well-being, power, or importance : a delusional euphoria

2 : an increase in degree or intensity exaltation of virulence of a virus

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