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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v exhilarate fill with sublime emotion "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies","He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Exhilarate To become joyous.
    • v. t Exhilarate To make merry or jolly; to enliven; to animate; to gladden greatly; to cheer; as, good news exhilarates the mind; wine exhilarates a man.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exhilarate To make cheerful, lively, or merry; render glad or joyous; cheer; enliven; gladden.
    • exhilarate Synonyms To animate, inspirit, elate.
    • exhilarate To become cheerful or joyous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exhilarate egz-il′a-rāt to make hilarious or merry: to enliven: to cheer
    • n Exhilarate an exhilarating medicine
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  • Alexander Chase
    Alexander Chase
    “Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.”
  • George S. Patton
    “Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”
  • Rex Harrison
    Rex Harrison
    “Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exhilaratus, p. p. of exhilarare, to gladden; ex, out + hilarare, to make merry, hilaris, merry, cheerful. See Hilarious


In literature:

The sight wonderfully exhilarated the girl.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
But what were the sober pleasures of housekeeping and cooking beside the rough, deep-living exhilaration of gypsy life on the plains!
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
His muscles were stiff and sore, but he felt a strange sense of exhilaration.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
But the young man was in no mood for an elaborate exchange of exhilarations.
"Golden Stories" by Various
The dust of summer was buried deep under the gleaming snow, and the air was crisp and exhilarating.
"Forty-one Thieves" by Angelo Hall
Sport is one of the chief makers of exuberance because of its purging, exhilarating, and constructive effects on body, mind, and spirit.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
They soon swung into the rapids and it was exhilarating fun at first.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
It was a time of mingled anxiety and exhilaration.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
With the exhilaration of the bounteous meal, however, Gard's spirits rose to a height he had not known in a long time.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
He felt in her presence a fine exhilaration denied him through all the years without her.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
And greatly exhilarated, I decided to go and lunch with Maurice at the Ritz.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
The sun shone exhilaratingly from a sky the colour of a hedge-sparrow's egg.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The air became cold and exhilarating.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
You don't know the exhilaration of a room full of people, all lights and music!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The scene was not exhilarating.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
He was cheered, he was even exhilarated.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
While working, my exhaustion and anxiety wore off, and were replaced by a mild exhilaration.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
He was exhilarated to the point of intoxication, but not by the wine.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
An exhilaration and sentiment hitherto unexperienced went up in fumes to Geoff's brain.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
For the enigmatic character of South Carolina never interferes with a certain brisk exhilaration in its bones.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan

In news:

Howard Hawks's 1932 masterpiece is a dark, brutal, exhilaratingly violent film, blending comedy and horror in a manner that suggests Chico Marx let loose with a live machine gun.
Short Letter, Long Farewell is one the most inventive and exhilarating of the great Peter Handke's novels.
Have you ever felt absolute fear for your life and total exhilaration at the same time.
Fewer than 10 hours after putting on one of the most exhilarating displays of offense in Super Bowl history, the 49ers were still giddy.
If Northern California calls, consider an exhilarating two-hour adventure from Sonoma Canopy Tours.
Like an Olympic skier starting down the slopes, Pasadena 17-year-old Vanessa Manjarrez has just begun the most exhilarating ride of her life.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could start every day feeling exhilarated about your hair and believing you could do anything good.
Jacques Rivette's comic feminist extravaganza is as scary and unsettling in its narrative high jinks as it is exhilarating in its uninhibited slapstick (1974).
In this year's exhilarating cross-town rival classic, the Parkersburg South Patriots defeated the Parkersburg Big Reds 28-18.
KMA showcases a chaotic and exhilarating variety of student art from across East Tennessee through Jan 13.
This feels like the end of a short, exhilarating road down college football excellence with Chip Kelly.
So, let me tell you what it feels like to look fear in the face: it's exhilarating and liberating, and also a tad terrifying and titillating.
For those who believe in marriage equality, the court 's move is both exhilarating and scary.
Deemed 'exhilarating' and 'celebratory' by music critics, the Creole Choir of Cuba has brought, to the world stage, sounds and rhythms of Haiti's immigrant community in Cuba.
The picture is mesmerizing, smart, exhilarating, it has sensational acting and exciting camera work.

In science:

Lepton Photon 2005 told the saga of the Standard Model which is still exhilarating because it leaves all questions of consequence unanswered.
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
The preparations for the LHC are well advanced, and entering an exhilarating stage as the first data come closer to reach.
Beauty 2006 -- Conference Summary and Future Prospects