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exaltation (n.)

late 14c, in astrology, "position of a planet in the zodiac where it exerts its greatest influence," from Old French exaltacion "enhancement, elevation," and directly from Late Latin exaltationem (nominative exaltatio) "elevation, pride," noun of action from past-participle stem of exaltare "to raise, elevate" (see exalt).

From late 15c. as "act of raising high or state of being elevated" (in power, rank, dignity, etc.); also "elevation of feeling, state of mind involving rapturous emotions." The Exaltation of the Cross (late 14c.) is the feast commemorating the miraculous apparition seen by Constantine in 317.

updated on March 07, 2019

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Definitions of exaltation from WordNet

exaltation (n.)
a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion; "listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens;
Synonyms: ecstasy / rapture / transport / raptus
exaltation (n.)
the location of a planet in the zodiac at which it is believed to exert its maximum influence;
exaltation (n.)
a flock of larks (especially a flock of larks in flight overhead);
exaltation (n.)
the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god);
Synonyms: deification / apotheosis
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