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 But this is a welcome and manageable intensity, swapping phobias for a sense of exhilaration. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "Accessibility option in survival game ‘Grounded’ turns my arachnophobia into a thrill," 30 July 2020 No other book holds together so perfectly the exhilaration of choosing to be free, and the horror of the consequent entrapment. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Novels of Tension Between Freedom and Disaster," 10 July 2020 Experience equal parts exhilaration and amusement at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in Tampa, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 10 July 2020 Taking lives, losing friends, sharing the fear and exhilaration, suffering through the heat and boredom, missing family and holidays. Shauna Springer, CNN, "Military vets and fireworks: It's a complicated relationship," 4 July 2020 The energy at each march was palpable—the exhilaration of young people finding a collective voice. Jack Shuler, The New Republic, "Can the White People of Small-Town America Get Behind the Movement for Black Lives?," 2 July 2020 For a generation that has become increasingly dependent on outsourcing everything — from assembling Ikea furniture to prepping meals — the exhilaration that comes from doing something for yourself can be revelatory. Erika Stalder, refinery29.com, "The Psychology Of Cutting Your Hair At Home," 29 May 2020 When Tarana Burke’s movement became a mass phenomenon in the fall of 2017, #MeToo’s expansion led to both exhilaration and anxiety: Was this reckoning sustainable? The Atlantic, "The 7 Most Defining #MeToo Moments of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 So working on this project and getting behind the wheel of a car that takes us all toward the future feels like things are coming full circle, but with more exhilaration and tech. Jon Alain Guzik, The Hollywood Reporter, "Before Acting, Idris Elba Built Ford Cars: "It's Practically in My Blood"," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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9 Aug 2020

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“Exhilaration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhilaration. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exhilaration

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement

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