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  • 1A feeling or state of extreme happiness.

    ‘she beams with exaltation’
    • ‘With a 33 km mountain run behind me and a 67 km white-water kayak ahead, I felt pain, dread, exaltation, jubilation, anticipation, fear and joy - give me more emotions.’
    • ‘I felt a sense of delight and exaltation just by reading the contents pages, and looked forward to reading in English some of my childhood favourites which I'd only ever read in their original Bengali.’
    • ‘It's a kind of recording of the daily frustration and the daily exhilaration and the momentary exaltation of the fact of living itself.’
    • ‘State of exaltation or excitement of the spirits or passions.’
    • ‘I'd never known such exaltation and transcendent joy… (I was) released from my body and a pure spirit partook of a loveliness I had never conceived.’
    • ‘The amazement, glee, even exaltation he found in the face of what he set out to photograph can be imagined if not really demonstrated.’
    • ‘The feeling of exaltation at expressing oneself, the satisfaction of giving free vent to their thoughts and the sense of power generated by creativity do wonders for developing their personality.’
    • ‘Her case is misdiagnosed, and she finds herself swept into vertiginous cycles of self-loathing and ecstasy, paranoia and visionary exaltation.’
    • ‘7 In the words of Mauriac, it is this risk of death that would bring Malraux's experience of life into sharper relief, even to a state of exaltation.’
    • ‘One aftermath of ecstasy is more ecstasy, even wilder than before- ‘this feeling of exaltation.’’
    • ‘Abjection, evacuation and ecstasy all commingle in this terrified exaltation.’
    • ‘An easy moment of pause or exhaustion is followed by initial speed and exaltation, all lending a stable, self-confident and mesmerizing rhythm, which follows what Yang has said about how life should be set in the ambiance of jazz.’
    • ‘Even its popular arts, once the wonder and delight of the world, have decayed; there was a time, within the memory of some of us, when American popular music was full of exaltation and pain and wit, and appealed to grown-ups.’
    • ‘Media pundits and think tanks hailed this popular participation as a breakthrough for democracy - a triumphalism, as Fraser shrewdly notes, that mirrored American exaltation at winning the cold war.’
    • ‘But even viewed miraculously, Jesus' ability to endure torture in The Passion works against any spiritual exaltation that the film wishes to inspire.’
    • ‘Put beauty back into the contours of our hearts, and we may find that pain is as essential to our experience of life as exaltation, for with being in beauty, as with being in love, we risk getting hurt.’
    • ‘But I am communing with Handel, for example, who experienced the most powerful mystic exaltation as he wrote the Hallelujah Chorus, imagining himself in the presence of God.’
    • ‘In it, mystery and exaltation, wild humour and super - terrestrial beauty, tragic despair and ecstasies of joy are all galvanized into an organic aesthetic unity.’
    • ‘During the game itself Mileson remained very composed and anyone who thinks that he is just on some kind of moneyman's ego trip should have seen the look of sheer exaltation when Gretna's equaliser hit the back of the net.’
    • ‘The contrast must necessarily lie between such expression and that where the serene and blissful exaltation of the situation sets the predominating tone.’
    • ‘Both religious and sporting imagery feature an array of symbols, insignia, emblems and motifs: saints and heroes; churches and stadiums; pilgrims and fans; exaltation and celebration.’
    elation, exultation, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, rapture, ecstasy, bliss, happiness, delight, gladness, glee, exuberance, exhilaration, excitement
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  • 2The action of elevating someone in rank, power, or character.

    ‘the resurrection and exaltation of Christ’
    • ‘They lived in what we called satya yuga which is the age when beings were in exalted state, by virtue of their exaltation they had spiritual powers.’
    • ‘For it is hard not to agree with Lucio that the Duke is a ‘seemer’ manipulating the other characters for the perpetuation and exaltation of his own power.’
    • ‘Her argument that the church's very keystone is control of female reproductive power by the exaltation of virginity as spiritual ideal is well attested by the appellations given two items of the maiden dance uniform.’
    elevation, raising, rise, promotion, advancement, upgrading, ennoblement, aggrandizement
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  • 3The action of praising someone or something highly.

    ‘the exaltation of the army as a place for brotherhood’
    • ‘He took a puff of the pot and raised his arms above his head in a gesture of exaltation and praise.’
    • ‘I will be singing her praises with hyperbolic terms of exaltation, extolling her to the highest degree, her aura will be raised to mythical proportions.’
    • ‘At this moment, that which fills my mind is not eloquent words of glory and exaltation, but rather, weighty thoughts of bigger responsibility, greater humility, and deeper self-reflection.’
    • ‘The Army is ready - the new personnel system and the exaltation of technology by the Army leadership set the stage and tone to make this program work!’
    • ‘Futhermore, the scientific revolution was greatly influenced by the combination - and exaltation - of the principles of individualism and rationality.’
    • ‘All three composers, self-torturing, high-minded isolationists in their own ways, strove for heightened exaltation.’
    • ‘In Matthew 15: 1-9, Jesus also had quite a bit to say about the excessive exaltation of anyone's religious ‘tradition.’’
    • ‘I've long been an avowed enemy of benchmarking, because at its heart it amounts to exaltation of imitation.’
    • ‘Yes, all heroic exaltation is dangerous, but the danger is not to the hero-worshipers, but to the hero.’
    • ‘Bounties of God are no doubt His trusts which should be spent for the good and exaltation of the community and nation.’
    • ‘In their criticisms of the papacy, and in their exaltation of royal power, they laid the foundations on which later thinkers drew.’
    praise, praising, extolment, acclamation, glory, glorification, glorifying, reverence, revering, veneration, venerating, worship, worshipping, hero-worship, hero-worshipping, adoration, idolization, idolizing, lionization, lionizing, deification, deifying
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/ˌeɡˌzôlˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɛɡˌzɔlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ /ˌeɡˌzälˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɛɡˌzɑlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘the action of raising high’): from late Latin exaltatio(n-), from Latin exaltare ‘raise aloft’ (see exalt).