- Though he was aware that the experience might kill him, he was also exhilarated to embark on his great Alaskan odyssey.
- I was exhilarated by my ability to maneuver the steep climb.
- I was exhilarated to roll these subjects around in my mind like marbles in my hand, and play with their arrangement.
Mid 16th century: from Latin exhilarat- 'made cheerful', from the verb exhilarare, from ex- (expressing inducement of a state) + hilaris 'cheerful'.
This is from Latin exhilarare ‘make cheerful’, based on hilaris ‘cheerful’ source of hilarity (Late Middle English).
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