exhilaration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exhilaration the feeling of lively and cheerful joy "he could hardly conceal his excitement when she agreed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exhilaration The act of enlivening the spirits; the act of making glad or cheerful; a gladdening.
    • Exhilaration The state of being enlivened or cheerful. "Exhilaration hath some affinity with joy, though it be a much lighter motion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exhilaration The act of exhilarating, or of enlivening or cheering; the act of making glad or cheerful.
    • n exhilaration The state of being enlivened or cheerful; elevation of spirits; joyous enlivenment.
    • n exhilaration Synonyms Animation, joyousness, gaiety, hilarity, glee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exhilaration state of being exhilarated: joyousness
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Quotations

  • Alexander Chase
    Alexander Chase
    “Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.”
  • George S. Patton
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    “Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.”
  • Denis Waitley
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    “Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”
  • Rex Harrison
    Rex Harrison
    “Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., exhilaratio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exhilarāre, -ātumex, inten., hilaris, cheerful.

Usage

In literature:

Making a new friend is so exhilarating an adventure that perhaps it will not be out of place if I tell you a little about him.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
But the game of politics was none the less exhilarating for that.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
From that afternoon I had most exhilarating sport, and indeed, this is the very king of amusements for fun and exercise.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
A cool breeze fanned my face and a wild feeling of exhilaration took hold of me.
"London to Ladysmith via Pretoria" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Nothing could be more exhilarating than our onward progress.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Everybody was exhilarated, and excited, and ready to be friendly and talkative.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
The next instant he remembered again, with a throb of exhilaration that he was free.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
Presently he took another and a thrill of exhilaration stirred his sluggish blood.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
They sat over the dinner-table till nearly eleven o'clock, by which time they were all more or less exhilarated.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Already a strange exhilaration was spreading over David's mind.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
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In news:

Central's Twin Walk-Offs Complete Exhilarating IIAC Softball Tournament.
Pandora Theatre's Vox Feminina 3 Exhilarating , Enlightening, Entertaining.
Momiji on Capitol Hill offers an exhilarating dining experience.
The Pilgrimage to Mecca is Dangerous but Exhilarating .
Whether Performed On A Public Stage Or In The Shadows, An Exhilarating Experience.
Syracuse Stage's "Lookingglass Alice" mixes circus skills with exhilarating story.
"Lookingglass Alice" at Syracuse Stage is by turns engaging, astounding, poignant, surprising, exhilarating .
After a $20-million renovation, the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, now features an exhilarating zip-line canopy tour.
Watching " Staircase " is like coasting down a steep San Francisco street on your bicycle and suddenly realizing you have no brakes: dangerous, discomforting and yet, strangely exhilarating.
If you want an exhilarating reminder, catch the magnificent concert that opened Friday and will be repeated tonight under the direction of Daniel Hege.
For the (now-eightysomething) filmmaker in his prime, art and history were carnival grounds for exhilarating spectacle and Romantic mania.
While the idea of getting hitched can be exhilarating, the actual journey is often bumpy.
It would be virtually impossible to detail all the exhilaration contained in this particular issue of 20/20.
Taking those first steps towards entrepreneurship can be an exhilarating rush.
Instead, I felt immense exhilaration after a doll purchase with shipping that totaled $12.97.
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In science:

Lepton Photon 2005 told the saga of the Standard Model which is still exhilarating because it leaves all questions of consequence unanswered.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
The preparations for the LHC are well advanced, and entering an exhilarating stage as the first data come closer to reach.
Beauty 2006 -- Conference Summary and Future Prospects
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