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

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The plot is twisty in a perfunctory way, the action predictably explosive, the sought-after exhilaration nonexistent. The Seattle Times, "4 movies open the day before Thanksgiving in the Seattle area," 20 Nov. 2018 That level of exhilaration—of the familiar and the astounding slamming together, all wrapped in a blanket of tetrads—can also be found in Tetris Effect. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 Any relationships formed are surely karmic, so get ready for serious romantic exhilaration. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 For one thing, learning (at last) the truly right way to lay out a wardrobe, set a table, and leave a room backward while bowing promised exhilaration. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014 Hazzard is better, actually, because her book isn’t an endurance test but rather sheer exhilaration. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 22 May 2018 Tony — and Marvel Studios — are in uncharted territory, and the roll perfectly captures that exhilaration. Valerie Kalfrin, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Shot Turning the Marvel Universe Upside Down," 5 May 2018 There’s the suggestion of a classic espionage thriller in this angle of the plot, but Mr. Ondaatje is after something else — a narrative reflection, perhaps, on the alternate exhilarations and terrors of life in wartime. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 8 June 2018 The film revisits their early days of excess, provocation, and the exhilaration of rebelling against the status quo. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Punk rocking on both sides of the pond in ‘Boys From Nowhere’ and ‘Here to Be Heard’," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of exhilaration

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement

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