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 How to explain, then, the exaltation that comes with ingesting substances that have no such chemical profile — that are endowed only with our perception of the divine? New York Times, 11 May 2022 This was less the language of Kant than of fascist nationalist exaltation laced with Mr. Putin’s hardscrabble, brawling St. Petersburg youth. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Despite her exaltation, when Ginsburg died, she was replaced by a woman who is in every way her ideological foe. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 2 Mar. 2022 That joyous exaltation might be a bit of an overstatement, but after its two-year hiatus the parade and its traditions are welcomed. Marc Bona, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 Crying for art is an honor, an exaltation, a salute. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 The episode also features Jerry’s exaltation of another New York bakery mainstay, the black and white cookie, as something of a model for better race relations. Annabelle Williams, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Many observers, including some in China itself, recoil from this exaltation of a single leader. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 The dam of American conformity and obedience had burst, and what came pouring through was an unruly blend of freedom and violence and exaltation and chaos. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of exaltation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Exaltation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exaltation. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for exaltation


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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