exhilaration

noun

ex·​hil·​a·​ra·​tion ig-ˌzi-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exhilaration (audio)
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 But the takeaway isn’t exhilaration; the unease is what makes Garland’s film valuable. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Then at the 20-minute mark, the band receded to a hush as Loueke struck the strings with soft, meticulous notes, accompanied by rhythmic clicking scatting, a moment of sheer exhilaration by restraint, as Blanchard, decked out in glittery sneakers, shuffling around in admiration. Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 For the rest of the walk, I'm buoyed by the exhilaration of having experienced something rare—a live-wire connection with a five-ton wild beast. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2024 But while the series starts strong and captures your interest for five of its seven episodes, by the finale all the exhilaration of domestic mystery collapses. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 Nothing beats the experience-of-a-lifetime exhilaration of a cross-country road trip. Giovanna Caravetta, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2024 Don a flight suit and feel the exhilaration of skydiving – but with a little less danger than the real thing. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 The conversation in every production room wasn’t about the gorgeous exhilaration of cinematic expression, but about the grounding of that expression in story and character. Phil Lord, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 The reward: exhilaration beating that of any theme park. Robin Soslow, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhilaration was in 1622

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“Exhilaration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhilaration. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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exhilaration

noun
ex·​hil·​a·​ra·​tion ig-ˌzil-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exhilaration (audio)
1
: the action of exhilarating
2
: the state or the feeling of being exhilarated : high spirits

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