ex·​hil·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ig-ˌzi-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exhilaration (audio) \

Definition of exhilaration

1 : the action of exhilarating
2 : the feeling or the state of being exhilarated

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Examples of exhilaration in a Sentence

I felt a kind of exhilaration when I reached the top of the mountain. the lavish spectacle results in one exhilaration after another
Recent Examples on the Web Gerry knows the exhilaration of the glowing review, of seeing the line of readers hanging on every word during a book tour, the big royalty checks. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, 21 June 2021 But this is the Reykjanes Peninsula's first eruption of any volcano in around 800 years, and nothing quite matches the exhilaration of bearing witness to the Earth's raw power up close and personal. Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Michael reveled in the exhilaration and legend surrounding him. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 18 May 2021 There’s an exhilaration in the air and the feel of entering a brave new era. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Simply being able to decompress in that environment offered its own exhilaration. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2021 Will the exhilaration of those hooves thundering down the track sweep away the lingering dread? Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2021 The ensemble responds in kind and a sense of exhilaration inhabits the choreography. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 The jitters, the climactic moments, and the exhilaration and devastation that are sure to follow — the ghosts that live in the old basketball barn know them well. Billy Witz, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of exhilaration

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exhilaration was in 1622

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17 Jul 2021

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“Exhilaration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhilaration. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exhilaration

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement

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