American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant.
- v. Obsolete To leap upward, especially for joy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To leap for joy; rejoice exceedingly; especially, to rejoice in triumph; triumph: as, to exult over a fallen adversary.
- v. to rejoice, be very happy
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To be in high spirits; figuratively, to leap for joy; to rejoice in triumph or exceedingly; to triumph.
- v. feel extreme happiness or elation
- v. to express great joy
- From Latin exsultare, frequentative of exsilire ‘jump up’, from ex- + salire ‘jump, leap’. (Wiktionary)
- Latin exsultāre : ex-, ex- + saltāre, to dance, frequentative of salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Indeed, indeed, dearest Mrs. Martin, you may 'exult' for me -- and this though it should all end here and now.”
“Indeed, indeed, dearest Mrs. Martin, you may 'exult' for me ” and this though it should all end here and now.”
“At various times, the psalmists exult in an almost giddy joy, teeter on the edge of despair, question God's action and rail angrily at the universe.”
“That Wight is so proud of its output of Allium sativum makes you wonder why the maids of Kent no longer exult in hop harvests, or the men of Harlech sing no more of defending Wales against Norman invaders.”
“I wouldnt trade it: I can intuit things you can't, enjoy things that would bore you crosseyed, exult in solitary pursuits that might derange another man, convince you of things you'd never believe, teach and explain things to you you think youd never understand.”
“But Mr. Bird and his cinematographer, Robert Elswit, sustain a remarkable level of visual and dramatic energy in scenes that exult in exotic settings, edgy architecture and quirky behavior.”
“We exult over the youth's progress as he matures, but the newborn is a sudden delight.”
“No matter how despicable bin Laden was and how deserved his demise, it befits none of us to exult in any human death lest we become as morally bankrupt as our enemies.”
“The words made him exult and panic at the same time.”
“The fact that it was Minerva who saw him that way made his heart exult.”
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