Definition of exult in English:



  • Show or feel triumphant elation or jubilation.

    ‘exulting in her escape, Lisa closed the door behind her’
    • ‘I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames.’
    • ‘In a film that harps upon the convoluted manipulations of Ali by others, undermining his immense desire to be the greatest - you end up feeling sorry for the great man, rather than exulting in his exploits in the ring.’
    • ‘We see Liuzza running out into the street, exulting.’
    • ‘Is he trustworthy enough so that you don't have to feel fearful about exulting over it in front of your conservative friends who seem mightily disdainful?’
    • ‘‘I think it's wonderful that he's going to be removed,’ he exulted over the phone from Oakland last week.’
    • ‘Clergymen rejoiced, exulted and stupidly expected that it would last.’
    • ‘They root for the hero, exult at his successes, are anxious for his triumph, and suffer at his reversals.’
    • ‘‘How fresh this stale world seems,’ O'Driscoll exults.’
    • ‘She has examined hundreds of war pictures in family photo albums where soldiers exulted in the ‘deadness’ of the enemy.’
    • ‘‘I've had it all,’ she exulted after her first book became a bestseller.’
    • ‘It was, almost, as if he was exulting in our miseries.’
    • ‘Jackson felt it in the steady beat of Lee's heart, a triumphant, reassuring sound the younger general silently exulted in.’
    • ‘He alternately endured and exulted in self-imposed exile - France, California, Switzerland, Sydney.’
    • ‘I'm going to be dancing all across the channel on the ferry, exulting in all my fresh true colours and being as cheerful as possible.’
    • ‘Afterward, demonstrators exulted, equating their seduction of the cameras with victory.’
    • ‘Its policies, the evangelical group Focus on the Family exults, have hit publishers ‘like a brick in the head’.’
    • ‘It succeeds admirably, while exulting in a twisted demonic aesthetic.’
    • ‘You were exulting in your position as a leader in the front of the pack.’
    • ‘Alberta teachers weren't the only ones exulting in their court victory last week.’
    rejoice at, rejoice in, take delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, find satisfaction in, take satisfaction in, feel satisfaction at, find joy in, enjoy, appreciate, revel in, glory in, bask in, delight in, relish, savour, luxuriate in, wallow in
    rejoice, be joyful, be happy, be pleased, be glad, be delighted, be elated, be ecstatic, be euphoric, be overjoyed, be as pleased as punch, be cock-a-hoop, be jubilant, be rapturous, be in raptures, be transported, be beside oneself with joy, be delirious, be thrilled, jump for joy, be on cloud nine, be treading on air, be walking on air, be in seventh heaven, glory, triumph, be triumphant
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Late 16th century: from Latin exsultare, frequentative of exsilire leap up, from ex- out, upward + salire to leap.