Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of exalting or the condition of being exalted.
  • noun A state or feeling of intense, often excessive exhilaration or well-being.
  • noun A flight of larks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of raising high, or the state of being raised high; elevation as to power, office, rank, dignity, or excellence; a state of dignity or loftiness: as, exaltation of rank or character. The word is specifically applied to the induction of a pope into office: as, the exaltation of Leo XIII.
  • noun Mental elevation; a state of mind in which a person possesses elevated thoughts and noble aspirations.
  • noun In alchemy, the refinement or subtilization of bodies or of their qualities and virtues.
  • noun In astrology, an essential dignity, next in importance to that of house; that situation of a planet in the zodiac where it was supposed to have the most influence.
  • noun In falconry, a flight of larks.
  • noun An abnormal mental condition marked by an overweening sense of self-importance (amounting even to delusions of grandeur), an optimistic contentedness with one's surroundings or condition, and a state almost of rapture or ecstasy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of exalting or raising high; also, the state of being exalted; elevation.
  • noun (Alchem.) The refinement or subtilization of a body, or the increasing of its virtue or principal property.
  • noun (Astrol.) That place of a planet in the zodiac in which it was supposed to exert its strongest influence.
  • noun (Med.) An abnormal sense of personal well-being, power, or importance, -- a symptom observed in various forms of insanity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of exalting or raising high; also, the state of being exalted; elevation.
  • noun The refinement or subtilization of a body, or the increasing of its virtue or principal property.
  • noun astrology That placement of a planet in the zodiac in which it is deemed to exert its strongest influence.
  • noun rare The collective noun for larks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a flock of larks (especially a flock of larks in flight overhead)
  • noun a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
  • noun the location of a planet in the zodiac at which it is believed to exert its maximum influence
  • noun the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French exaltation, from Latin exaltātiō ("exaltation, elevation"), from exaltō ("raise, elevate, exalt"), from ex ("from, out of") + altus ("high").

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