Definition of elation in English:



  • Great happiness and exhilaration.

    ‘Richard's elation at regaining his health was short-lived’
    • ‘My periods of distress and elation and my innumerable naps follow the pattern of jet lag, except I'm at home.’
    • ‘You feel everything from a nervousness bordering on paranoia to relief and - hopefully - elation.’
    • ‘There will be fab bands and, as stated, elation that has never before been felt.’
    • ‘Misery gave way to elation, however, when spears of sunlight rent the clouds, gilding the watery flatlands of Lewis.’
    • ‘Couldn't it be an illusion of people gone astray in elation and ecstasy?’
    • ‘Eventually the finish line draws into view and it is at an end: a complex surge of relief and elation floods the veins.’
    • ‘However, that elation has been mixed with some sadness as well.’
    • ‘The feeling of elation and relief after completing the course was indescribable.’
    • ‘Laughter is a gift from the divine. It is the divine expressing joy and elation through us.’
    • ‘Taking off to places unknown, with your motorcycle for company and a feeling of elation can be a great experience.’
    • ‘We caught the shuttle back to Heathrow, and arrived back with our heads still dizzy with emotion, a mixture of elation and relief.’
    • ‘It took me two months to work up the courage to ask her out and the relief and elation when she said yes was immeasurable.’
    • ‘The trek entails moments of extreme discomfort as well as overwhelming joy and elation.’
    • ‘Mood may be labile, shifting from depression to euphoria or elation to fear and panic.’
    • ‘My surge of elation was fleeting; I knew it was too good to be true.’
    • ‘As we made our way to the car, our feeling of elation quickly fizzled.’
    • ‘Her temporary relief and elation was immediately washed away when she lifted her head again and looked around.’
    • ‘I never knew it was possible to feel both elation and dread at the same time.’
    • ‘And together the group experienced elation and exhaustion as they slogged through stunning terrain.’
    • ‘The effort and commitment meant the result offered accomplishment rather than elation.’
    happiness, exhilaration, joy, joyousness, delight, glee
    excitement, animation, jubilation, exultation, ecstasy, euphoria, bliss, rapture, rhapsody, rhapsodies, cloud nine, heaven, paradise, seventh heaven
    the top of the world
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Late Middle English: from Old French elacion, from Latin elat- raised from the verb efferre (see elate).