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

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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 While André chased mathematical exaltation, Simone sought truth through suffering. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘The Weil Conjectures’ Review: Symbols and Suffering," 12 July 2019 Capitalism does not foist any particular celebrity on us, even if capitalist ideology finds many affinities with celebrity culture’s exaltation of individuals. Sharon Marcus, Time, "Even the Internet Hasn’t Really Changed How Being Famous Works. Here’s Why," 25 June 2019 These exaltations are coupled with page after page of her brilliant photographic collaborations, her own portraits, and various ephemera (handwritten notes from Deborah Turbeville, Helmut Newton, Christian Lacroix). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Late Franca Sozzani Continues to Be Celebrated With a New Book and a Charitable Auction," 12 Feb. 2019 There’s never been anything like this animated exaltation of the Spider-Man canon. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Review: Animation Better Than Life," 13 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of exaltation

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 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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