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From Middle English exaltacioun, exaltatioun, from Old French exaltacion and Latin exaltātiō (exaltation, elevation), from exaltō (raise, elevate, exalt), from ex (from, out of) + altus (high).


  • IPA(key): /ˌɛɡ.zɔl.ˈteɪ.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


exaltation (countable and uncountable, plural exaltations)

  1. The act of exalting or raising high; also, the state of being exalted; elevation.
  2. The refinement or subtilization of a body, or the increasing of its virtue or principal property.
  3. (astrology) That placement of a planet in the zodiac in which it is deemed to exert its strongest influence.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia (Avignon Quintet), Faber & Faber, published 1992, page 483:
      He often stood there in a muse until dusk fell, and then darkness, while once in a while the moon, ‘in her exaltation’ as the astrologers say, rose to remind him that such worldly musings meant nothing to the hostile universe without.
  4. (Mormonism) Apotheosis; becoming a god in the highest degree of glory after death.
    • 1958, Bruce R. McConkie, “Omnipotence”, in Mormon Doctrine, 1st edition, page 492:
      Those who obtain exaltation will gain all power and thus themselves be omnipotent []
    • 2019, Thomas G. Alexander, Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith, →ISBN, page 209:
      Mormon commentators have taken various position about whether people who have died could move from a lower degree of glory—what non-Mormons might call salvation—to a higher one and eventually reach exaltation and become gods.
  5. (uncommon) The collective noun for larks.
    • 1893 September 27, The Bazaar, the Exchange and Mart, London, page 800, column 3:
      "Oh, I, well, I too fell into error, for I frittered away my morning in stalking yonder exaltation of larks, thinking they were dunlin, and in doing so disturbed the only sord of mallards on the whole marsh."
    • 1989, Ronald K. Siegel, Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances, Park Street Press, published 2009, →ISBN, page 192:
      In a sense, the editorial cartoons were correct when they suggested that an exaltation of larks can fly under the influence into an aspect of vulturous behavior.
    • 2005, Lucille Bellucci, Journey from Shanghai, iUniverse, published 2005, →ISBN, page 83:
      “I'd like to think of my father being lifted to God in an exaltation of larks.”
    • 2005, Linda Bird Francke, On the Road with Francis of Assisi: A Timeless Journey Through Umbria and Tuscany, and Beyond, Random House, published 2006, →ISBN, page 232:
      It is said that an exaltation of larks, which had assembled on the roof of Francis's hut, suddenly—and inexplicably—took to the air just after sunset, wheeling and singing.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:exaltation.
  6. (medicine, archaic) An abnormal sense of personal well-being, power, or importance, observed as a symptom in various forms of insanity.

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Learned borrowing from Latin exaltātiō. By surface analysis, exalter +‎ -ation.



exaltation f (plural exaltations)

  1. exaltation

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