Etymology
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exhilaration (n.)

"act of enlivening or cheering; state of being enlivened or cheerful," 1620s, from Late Latin exhilarationem (nominative exhilaratio) "a gladdening," noun of action from past-participle stem of exhilarare "gladden, cheer," from ex "out, out of; thoroughly" (see ex-) + hilarare "make cheerful," from hilarus "cheerful" (see hilarity).

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Definitions of exhilaration

exhilaration (n.)
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy;
Synonyms: excitement
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