Exhilaration Ex*hil`a*ra"tion, n. [L., exhilaratio.] 1. The act of enlivening the spirits; the act of making glad or cheerful; a gladdening. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being enlivened or cheerful. [1913 Webster]

Exhilaration hath some affinity with joy, though it be a much lighter motion. --Bacon.

Syn: Animation; joyousness; gladness; cheerfulness; gayety; hilarity; merriment; jollity. [1913 Webster]

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