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

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feelings of joy and exaltation
Recent Examples on the Web Mexican immigrants to the United States and their experiences at the border are simply missing from not only the pages of Cummin’s latest effort but from the cultural context, which gave way to its exaltation in the first place. Angie Jaime, Teen Vogue, "'American Dirt' Leaves Mexican Immigrants in the Dust," 24 Jan. 2020 After a frustrating and admittedly tough week for Auburn offensively, losing back-to-back games by an average of 20.5 points, this was a necessary moment of exaltation for the Tigers. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Devan Cambridge provides spark as No. 16 Auburn tops South Carolina, ends 2-game skid," 23 Jan. 2020 Each lauded their respective honorees' work with a mix of reverence, exaltation and some good-natured ribbing. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tarantino, Scorsese Tease Reviewers, Thank Netflix at N.Y. Film Critics Circle Awards," 8 Jan. 2020 West asked the responsive crowd, which included members of his roving choir, whose exaltations blended with and encouraged those of his fans. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Kanye West Teases ‘Jesus Is King,’ a New Album With No Cursing," 30 Sep. 2019 Though Rose’s art is celebrated for its exaltation of women’s everyday chores (sweeping, mopping, washing), she herself might be described as domestically challenged. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘The Michaels’ Review: Dance as Life in Upstate New York," 28 Oct. 2019 The danger is that this mystical exaltation of liberty may blind us to the virtues of other kinds of flourishing. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty: A Manual for Patriots," 7 Nov. 2019 The only hint of the aesthetic exaltation that lies within is the set of soaring front doors (his trademark), bookended by regal lanterns bought in Copenhagen, and the yard’s 160-year-old olive trees. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "Take a rare look inside architect Edward Killingsworth’s Long Beach home," 18 Oct. 2019 The exaltation of the relationship between G od and nature is further stressed by the stunning painting on the opposite page. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Unicorns are just one of the wild rides in the Getty’s marvelous ‘Book of Beasts’," 23 July 2019

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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 24 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce exaltation (audio) , ˌek-ˌsȯl- How to pronounce exaltation (audio) \

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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