Definition of exaltation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛɡzɔːlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ɛkszɔːlˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1A feeling or state of extreme happiness: she was in a frenzy of exaltation and terror
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  • With a 33 km mountain run behind me and a 67 km white-water kayak ahead, I felt pain, dread, exaltation, jubilation, anticipation, fear and joy - give me more emotions.
  • I felt a sense of delight and exaltation just by reading the contents pages, and looked forward to reading in English some of my childhood favourites which I'd only ever read in their original Bengali.
  • It's a kind of recording of the daily frustration and the daily exhilaration and the momentary exaltation of the fact of living itself.
2The action of elevating someone in rank or power: the exaltation of Jesus to the Father’s right hand
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  • They lived in what we called satya yuga which is the age when beings were in exalted state, by virtue of their exaltation they had spiritual powers.
  • For it is hard not to agree with Lucio that the Duke is a ‘seemer’ manipulating the other characters for the perpetuation and exaltation of his own power.
  • Her argument that the church's very keystone is control of female reproductive power by the exaltation of virginity as spiritual ideal is well attested by the appellations given two items of the maiden dance uniform.
3The action of praising someone or something highly: the exaltation of the army as a place for brotherhood
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  • He took a puff of the pot and raised his arms above his head in a gesture of exaltation and praise.
  • I will be singing her praises with hyperbolic terms of exaltation, extolling her to the highest degree, her aura will be raised to mythical proportions.
  • At this moment, that which fills my mind is not eloquent words of glory and exaltation, but rather, weighty thoughts of bigger responsibility, greater humility, and deeper self-reflection.
4 [count noun] rare A flock of larks: what a sound an exaltation of larks must make
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  • This musical tone poem alternates between lyrical moments and spirited interludes that suggest an energetic exaltation of larks ascending and descending as they fly.
  • Structurally amorphous, there's little for the musical mind to hold onto, but, then perhaps that's the nature of an exaltation of larks.
  • An exaltation of larks had assembled on the roof of Francis's hut.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'the action of raising high'): from late Latin exaltatio(n-), from Latin exaltare 'raise aloft' (see exalt).

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