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  1. present participle of exhilarate


exhilarating (comparative more exhilarating, superlative most exhilarating)

  1. Refreshingly thrilling.
    • 1991, Italo Calvino; Martin McLaughlin, transl., “Candide, or Concerning Narrative Rapidity”, in Why Read the Classics?, New York, N.Y.: Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, published 2014, →ISBN, page 103:
      What most delights us today in Candide is not the 'conte philosophique', nor its satire, nor the gradual emergence of a morality and vision of the world: instead it is its rhythm. With rapidity and lightness, a succession of mishaps, punishments and massacres races over the page, leaps from chapter to chapter, and ramifies and multiplies without evoking in the reader's emotions anything other than a feeling of an exhilarating and primitive vitality.
    • 2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “The Simpsons (Classic): ‘Treehouse Of Horror III’”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 17 October 2016:
      Writing a "Treehouse Of Horror" segment has to be both exhilarating and daunting. It's exhilarating because it affords writers all the freedom in the world.



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