ex·​ul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌek-(ˌ)səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exultation (audio) , ˌeg-(ˌ)zəl- \

Definition of exultation

: the act of exulting : the state of being exultant

Examples of exultation in a Sentence

The crowd cheered in exultation.
Recent Examples on the Web The artist elevates their continual pushback for justice, writ large by the Black Lives Matter movement, in the torch’s flame, crowded with the outstretched mannequin arms as an image of both oppression and exultation. New York Times, "Reimagining Lady Liberty’s Torch to Meet This Moment," 23 Oct. 2020 The exultation that surrounded the Arab Spring, however, gave way to disappointment when democratic impulses were crushed, altering his views and turning him into an outspoken critic of the current Saudi leadership. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Kingdom of Silence' revisits Jamal Khashoggi's death and the history of US-Saudi relations," 1 Oct. 2020 Embedded with concepts regarding love, spiritual connection and unlimited possibilities, for the 33-year-old producer, the album is a deeply personal and highly emotional work, with the music born from both periods of depression and exultation. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Joseph Capriati: Techno Veteran Checks In From Italian Hometown on Eve of Album Release," 3 Sep. 2020 The filmmakers are also there to observe election night in 2018, capturing the exultation when the Democrats took back the House. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'John Lewis: Good Trouble' highlights the civil rights icon's remarkable life," 3 July 2020 Part of the worship experience tends to be the exultation and singing loudly and joyously, and that seems to be a very risky part of this. The Atlantic, "Listen: Can We Sing?," 15 June 2020 When the squad cars unexpectedly retreated, exultation gripped the crowd. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Her initial exultation, however, is marred by the realization that the supervillains who killed him -- part of the Injustice Society -- have taken up residence in Blue Valley. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Stargirl' brings a lighter touch to DC's superhero universe," 18 May 2020 And the sensory overload packed more of an emotional wallop than a set of grim statistics, a thick scientific journal or the exultations of an earnest speaker ever could. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Fashion sees a bleak future, but there’s still a little sparkle in the darkness," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of exultation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Exultation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exultation. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exultation

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement : an exultant feeling

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