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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His movements — gentle hip isolations, jauntily rocking forearms — are subtle but rapt, suggesting the exhilaration of creativity. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Anxious men and other world-builders at CATF 2019," 9 July 2019 With the help of another high school friend, Mak Monckton, and local lodge operator Adam Maris, Bradley started his own company to provide others with the same exhilaration for waterfowl hunting in north-central Oklahoma. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Crash Landing: How Arizona Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley started a duck-hunting business," 9 Aug. 2019 Filmed March 28, 2019 in Buffalo, N.Y. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press August tends to be the quietest month in the NHL, an uneventful cool down period after the exhilaration of July’s free agency and the excitement of June’s draft. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "When will Detroit Red Wings anoint Dylan Larkin the next captain?," 4 Aug. 2019 CNN Film 'Apollo 11' explores the exhilaration of humanity's first landing on the moon through newly-discovered and restored archival footage. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Art and space: 'A quest never to end'," 12 June 2019 Part of the exhilaration of the Barbican show also comes from witnessing the pivotal moments in Krasner’s career, and the breakthroughs in technique that sparked her most fertile periods. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Irrepressible Emotion of Lee Krasner," 13 June 2019 What the evening did have, however, was the ambiance of a committed performance that captured the sheer exhilaration of Reid's music. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "From 19th Century Memphis to modern-day L.A.: Master Chorale time-travels through 'dreams of the new world'," 15 May 2018 The climbing continues for more than 4,300 feet with a few undulations here and there, but the payout is huge: a thousand-foot descent in fewer than 1.5 miles that leaves riders grinning from sheer exhilaration and adrenaline. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 People who feel joy and exhilaration from getting close to wild animals usually are unaware that many of the animals at such attractions live a lot like Meena, or worse. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of exhilaration

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement

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