ex·hil·a·ra·tion | \ ig-ˌzi-lə-ˈrā-shən \

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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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 In less than 30 seconds, Germantown (20-10) went from the verge of elimination to the exhilaration of its seventh straight win. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA baseball: Down to his last strike, Joe Seymour delivers for Germantown," 11 July 2018 In the meantime, campers experience the exhilaration of fresh air, sunshine, tall trees and rolling water. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "'We leave technology behind' at Camp Grier, and enjoy nature instead," 5 July 2018 There's nothing quite like the exhilaration a child discovers riding on his or her bike. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Study: 25 child bike injuries treated per hour. Here's how to keep your kid safe," 27 June 2018 Courtesy of Laura Snow Junger got a ringside seat to the terror and exhilaration of war from his years spent covering conflicts around the world for Vanity Fair and other publications. Johnny Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Author Sebastian Junger On What Going to War Feels Like in New PBS Memorial Day Documentary," 25 May 2018 There was something about pedaling — the exhilaration, the speed. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Movie recounts baseball broadcaster's gutsy, harrowing bike race across America," 18 May 2018 There was reason for that giddy exhilaration: 15 months after the April 1968 opening of the movie, Apollo 11 made its trip to the moon. David Thomson, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Space Odyssey,’ by Michael Benson," 4 Apr. 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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