ex·​al·​ta·​tion | \ ˌeg-ˌzȯl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exaltation (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web These weeks had brought only exaltation for Ma Qiang. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part IV: The Spratly Islands Ambush," 16 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile Francis, who has called for the Turkish court to reverse its decision, has done more to secure the liberty and exaltation of the Church in the region than any in living memory. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Pope Francis' news of the millennium," 4 Dec. 2020 For Miller, the exaltation of Biden’s victory was tempered by a sobering fact: Millions of people still voted for Trump. NBC News, "It's been an 'exhausting' four years for Black Americans. That likely won't end with Trump.," 17 Nov. 2020 The Misses Arkell, at the prospect, passed through alternating crises of despondency and exaltation; but Lucy remained steadfastly hopeful. Edith Wharton, The Atlantic, "A Granted Prayer," 9 Nov. 2020 In 1842–1843 Gogol experienced a religious crisis, wrote letters combining self-exaltation with masochistic self-loathing, and concluded that he was called to be a great moral teacher. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 2020 In exaltation: Emperors once worshipped and tsars were once crowned beneath these resplendent icons of saints at the Assumption Cathedral in Russia’s Kremlin. National Geographic, "The importance of Kamala Harris," 17 Aug. 2020 The concepts lend themselves to a mystical exaltation of the state (and of leaders who speak on its behalf) as constituting the General Will. John D. Hagen, National Review, "The Gospel of Jean-Jacques," 20 Aug. 2020 Vasquez, the portly man whose cries of exaltation at a double rainbow turned him into a viral star, died at 57 on Saturday. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "'Double Rainbow Guy' Paul Vasquez has died," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of exaltation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exaltation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exaltation. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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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