ex·​u·​ber·​ance | \ ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce exuberance (audio) \

Definition of exuberance

1 : the quality or state of being exuberant youthful exuberance
2 : an exuberant act or expression

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Examples of exuberance in a Sentence

the exuberance of the housing market was an encouraging economic indicator

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In the hanging-chad 2000 election, George W. Bush paid no discernible political price for his party’s irrational exuberance in impeaching Clinton. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "1998 Was a Seinfeld Election—Not an Impeachment Referendum," 6 June 2019 The exchange was notable both for its exuberance and because both leaders had captured much of the attention leading into the summit. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Saudi Prince Gets High-Five From Putin at G-20 Summit," 30 Nov. 2018 With exuberance, insight and wit, Smith peels the layers off existence, letting in light and even some joy. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 The exuberance of Armistice Day gave way to the solemnity of Remembrance Day. Brendan Simms, WSJ, "‘Peace at Last’ Review: Remembering Flanders Fields," 11 Nov. 2018 The goofy exuberance of that era’s prime-time TV programming was an ideal fit artistically and aesthetically for Williams, with his rainbow suspenders, striped mime shirts and midlength dry-look hair. David Kamp, New York Times, "A Comic Force of Nature: The Life — and Death — of Robin Williams," 15 May 2018 The stock fall has reminded investors that equities are risky, which should deter wild exuberance for a little while, at least. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Jerome Powell Shows His Cards on the Stock Market," 29 Nov. 2018 Gareth Southgate has filled the national team set up with a youthful exuberance seldom seen at senior level for many, many moons. SI.com, "Why Gareth Southgate's Three Lions Might Actually Bring Football 'Home' This Summer," 18 June 2018 Like Dorothy stepping into Technicolor Oz, design has veered back into exuberance and opulence over the last few years. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of exuberance

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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