Definition of exalted in US English:



  • 1(of a person or their rank or status) placed at a high or powerful level; held in high regard.

    ‘it had taken her years of hard infighting to reach her present exalted rank’
    • ‘Now its cast of characters seems less exalted and therefore less interesting.’
    • ‘Consider Tony Blair - a non-neocon raised by neocons to the exalted status that until now was accorded only to Churchill and Thatcher.’
    • ‘The poor sweepers in India would be stunned by the exalted status of the sanitation workers in America, who make pretty handsome salaries.’
    • ‘That will give her access to all Cabinet decisions and files, and an exalted status in the Government.’
    • ‘This is quite scary, and made more so by the fact that doctors, with their exalted status, find it hard to admit that there is a problem.’
    • ‘Such exalted people clearly do not need to worry about the consequences of their policies for individuals and families anxious to purchase fairly basic accommodation.’
    • ‘She was traveling with her parents to the Philippines, where her father - a colonel (an exalted rank in the old army) - was to take command of a regiment on Corregidor.’
    • ‘My own new position was much less exalted, a manager in audit research.’
    • ‘Since birth, his position had always been exalted, and he knew nothing of being humbled by the suffering that all common people know.’
    • ‘Even Popes must die for, despite their exalted status, they are all mortal just like the rest of us.’
    • ‘What could be responsible for the incredible evolutionary sprint that brought our species to its present exalted but precarious position?’
    • ‘He would have slain the dragon, and slaying the dragon would bestow upon him exalted status.’
    • ‘This is, in contrast, to the exalted status given to a newborn male child who is often considered to be the heir to the family's wealth and thereby considered an asset.’
    • ‘And as the 24-year-old Russian prepares for her last world gymnastics championships and Olympics, she's embracing her exalted status as if this was what she was born to do.’
    • ‘Each successive building operation took place to house the remains of an exalted person, whose burial place was constructed in the top of the pyramid.’
    • ‘Although she does not enjoy the same exalted status as Kissinger on the other side of the aisle, Albright is among the top foreign policy thinkers of the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘The list, thankfully, is getting longer, and their positions are becoming more exalted.’
    • ‘Suozzi had already dazzled me a few times at City Ballet, and I'm certain we'll be seeing more of him there, and at a more exalted level than his current corps newbie position.’
    • ‘These exalted personages never seem to tire of a joke however often it is repeated.’
    • ‘That accolade was the final confirmation of Dragila's metamorphosis from quirky outsider to exalted global personality.’
    high, high-ranking, elevated, prominent, superior, lofty, grand, noble, dignified, eminent, prestigious, august, illustrious, distinguished, esteemed, venerable
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    1. 1.1 (of an idea) noble; lofty.
      ‘his exalted hopes of human progress’
      • ‘Fifty years after the Bloody Shouldered Arabian's importation, the Arabian still offered the loftiest, most exalted image in the English horse painter's repertoire.’
      • ‘It remains, indeed, a sublime mystery that Bach's exalted creative ideals appear to have been so little constrained by the limited means at his disposal.’
      • ‘Of course another possibility is that Pangle does not view philosophy as noble at all - and that he merely employs an exalted rhetoric to attract people, and especially young people, to the study of it.’
      • ‘I was born in the late 1940s and I remember growing up what high hopes and exalted opinion we had of India's future and its leaders.’
      • ‘In saluting his life of violence, exile and running, there is the satisfaction of heroism and human grandeur, an athletic and aesthetic pleasure, something exalted and defiant about his refusal to serve.’
      • ‘Hindus regard death as a most exalted human experience, the migration of the soul from one dimension of consciousness to another, a transition we have all experienced many times.’
      • ‘In fact, he argued that it was because of this exalted nature that the arts, and culture more generally, could guide the nation in its path toward development.’
      • ‘The work ends by reinforcing humankind's exalted nature.’
      • ‘Not needing other people is exalted as a virtue.’
      • ‘But reunification, an unprecedented experiment in social and political reclamation, was bound to fall short of the exalted German ideal of national solidarity.’
      • ‘He has a far too exalted estimation of human reason and far too optimistic a view of human nature.’
      • ‘Yet Cocteau made ‘the noblest and most exalted claims’ for poets, and the poet's immortality is very special and real.’
      • ‘Given its coming of age in the 19th Century, this tradition has tended to elevate humans over nature and accorded an exalted place to human consciousness.’
      • ‘This article explores how Head used Romantic notions that exalted primitivism and the ‘noble savage’ to justify this plan.’
      • ‘Thus instead of being useless or morally questionable, leisure becomes an exalted ideal, akin to virtue.’
      • ‘Throughout the 2,000 years of Christianity, Mary's image in the visual arts has reflected a tradition that exalted above all other virtues her passivity and obedience.’
      • ‘Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height.’
      noble, lofty, high-minded, elevated, intellectual, ideal, sublime
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  • 2In a state of extreme happiness.

    ‘I felt exalted and newly alive’
    • ‘His Masonic music has a distinctive tone, solemn yet exalted and often joyous.’
    • ‘They felt numb, stunned, but a feeling of exalted happiness was rushing through their souls.’
    • ‘An exalted call rang out joyfully, overpowering Griffith's next words and catching the Dawns' attentions.’
    • ‘As does his happy exalted run to school, racing the train.’
    • ‘He poured his heart out in soaring songs of praise, in searing prayers, in sublime thanksgiving, in words infinitely more exalted than any I could conjure up.’
    elated, exultant, jubilant, joyful, joyous, triumphant, rapturous, rhapsodic, ecstatic, blissful, transported, delighted, happy, gleeful, exuberant, exhilarated
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