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tr.v. ex·alt·ed, ex·alt·ing, ex·alts
1. To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate: exalted the shepherd to the rank of grand vizier.
2. To glorify, praise, or honor.
3. To increase the effect or intensity of; heighten: works of art that exalt the imagination.

[Middle English exalten, from Latin exaltāre : ex-, up, away; see ex- + altus, high; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·alt′er n.
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Adj.1.exalting - tending to exalt; "an exalting eulogy"; "ennobling thoughts"
inspiring - stimulating or exalting to the spirit
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Not to use ceremonies at all, is to teach others not to use them again; and so diminisheth respect to himself; especially they be not to be omitted, to strangers and formal natures; but the dwelling upon them, and exalting them above the moon, is not only tedious, but doth diminish the faith and credit of him that speaks.
Thank you, Cecile Licad, for the exalting and mystical experience.'
Therefore, humility is being down-to-earth; being realistic and honest; knowing that we are no better than any other human, and not arrogantly exalting ourselves.
The groundwork for her novel reworking of processes of subject formation thus laid, Thobani explores the role the law has played in exalting Canadian national subjects.
An extract from my records shows that Herbert was raised to Knight Order of Merit by the Lambton Lodge on May 20, 1898, the exalting officer was J Jackson.
Exalting their union still illustrates the fact that we as a society cherish the potentiality of new life--the idea itself.
Along the way, her frequent side trips analyze the careers of icons such as Josephine Baker and James Brown, noting how each of these performers triumphed by reclaiming, redefining, and exalting those stereotypes and legitimate features of blackness that white society both resists and desires.