Definition of exultant in English:



  • Triumphantly happy.

    ‘she felt exultant and powerful’
    • ‘Chelsea set aside the mouthwatering prospect of the Champions League draw against Barcelona to return to their bread and butter and produced a goal feast for an exultant crowd.’
    • ‘The normally exultant cheers of a vast Scottish Grand National crowd were muted because the splendour of a truly great race was bought at a very dear price.’
    • ‘But Trotsky's faith in the socialist future, and his exultant delight in life, survived all failure.’
    • ‘I can't see why every party newspaper instead finds it necessary to display exultant, triumphant headlines after each election.’
    • ‘Guitars are used sparingly, but they ring with precision and elegance, dropping tones as if laying bones to rest beneath a crowd of exultant mourners.’
    • ‘It also means that if all the ‘experts’ rave on about a particular album, I'm on pretty shaky ground if I go overboard criticising it, or at the least, am less than exultant about it.’
    • ‘The crowds were cheering insanely now, spurred onwards by the exultant actions of the boys, jumping around excitedly.’
    • ‘Downstairs, another large, white-walled gallery displayed photographs from Life magazine - not all exultant, but most of them proud and tough.’
    • ‘When he rolls across the finish line, we're exultant.’
    • ‘Few comment on childcare shortages unless trumpeting their own exultant babysitting skills, even less on mothers' health, unless comparing personal symptoms.’
    • ‘It was a celebratory, sedate, courtly dance: exultant outstretched jumps, falling, turning and an eloquent reflection on the crucifixion.’
    • ‘Audiences feel appropriately claustrophobic in the close-up jail sequences, and appropriately exultant when Flynt's lawyer wins his case in front of the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘But I just want to indulge in a bit of pure, exultant joy!’
    • ‘He confessed that after two days of the Games, and two gold medals on the opening night before an exultant home crowd, he was mentally drained when he faced van den Hoogenband on the third day.’
    • ‘What is more, it is not simply crude power that triumphs abroad, but its exultant justification.’
    • ‘It was a decisive campaign, in which the better prepared side struck hard and fast, and delivered its exultant people a smashing victory which promised salvation from their enemies.’
    • ‘Ranged before the exultant children's minister was a rapt host of 700 local officials who are extending her childcare empire across the country.’
    • ‘The euphoria of victory before an exultant home crowd was diluted when the Saints followed up by losing to North Melbourne by 92 points.’
    • ‘Here, most of the music is exultant and exhilarating, full of polyrhythms that inspire the vocalists to slip and slide over the beats.’
    • ‘The play opened last January to exultant ovations.’
    jubilant, thrilled, triumphant, delighted, exhilarated, happy, overjoyed, joyous, joyful, gleeful, cock-a-hoop, excited, animated, exulting, rejoicing, beside oneself with happiness, ecstatic, euphoric, elated, rapturous, in raptures, enraptured, rapt, walking on air, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight, transported, carried away, in a frenzy of delight, hysterical, wild with excitement, frenzied
    crowing, gloating, boastful, swaggering
    blissed out, over the moon, on a high
    wigged out
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Mid 17th century: from Latin exsultant- exulting from the verb exsultare.