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excitement (n.)

early 15c., "encouragement;" c. 1600, "something that tends to excite," from excite + -ment. Meaning "condition of mental and emotional agitation" is from 1846.

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Definitions of excitement from WordNet

excitement (n.)
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy;
he could hardly conceal his excitement when she agreed
Synonyms: exhilaration
excitement (n.)
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up;
his face was flushed with excitement and his hands trembled
excitement (n.)
something that agitates and arouses;
he looked forward to the excitements of the day
Synonyms: excitation
excitement (n.)
disturbance usually in protest;
From wordnet.princeton.edu