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

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 When a person makes a big purchase such as buying a home or car, there is a feeling of joy and exhilaration. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Usually, the first thing said about the performance would be about the sheer exhilaration that Dudamel, the orchestra and a mostly first-rate cast brought to Beethoven’s score. Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Below, Roque talks to SELF about representation in sports, the exhilaration of being on the ice, and her dream of making it to the Olympics. Macaela Mackenzie, SELF, 2 Feb. 2022 In these moments, some may find relaxation, others exhilaration, but almost all will discover a sense of solace and freedom. Michael Barry, WSJ, 27 May 2022 Crossing the finishing line of a marathon brings with it a heady mix of exhilaration, exhaustion and relief. Outside Online, 23 Sep. 2020 The song is a study in contrasts, detailing the exhilaration of pursuing pleasure and pushing the envelope — and surviving the consequences later. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2022 Now that the group has returned full time to its headquarters, is Morris wild with exhilaration? Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2022 The exhilaration is in the thought of it, that sense of invigoration and resuscitation. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exhilaration

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Sep 2022

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“Exhilaration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhilaration. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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