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a. The act or an instance of exciting.
b. The condition of being excited.
2. Something that excites: the dancing tigers and other circus excitements.
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1. the state of being excited
2. a person or thing that excites; stimulation or thrill
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(ɪkˈsaɪt mənt)

1. an excited state or condition; commotion.
2. something that excites.
[1375–1425; late Middle English excitament encouragement < Medieval Latin excitāmentum. See excite, -ment]
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  1. The blood burning in all his veins, like fire in all the branches and twigs of him —D. H. Lawrence
  2. The blood surged through me like a sea —R. Wright Campbell
  3. Drunk on your own high spirits, like a salesman at a convention —Dorothea Straus
  4. Excited and happy as a bride-to-be —Gloria Norris See Also: HAPPINESS
  5. Excited as a cop making his first pinch —H. C. Witwer
  6. Excited as a puppy at a picnic —Nicholas Proffitt
  7. Excited as a starlet, on the arm of an elderly editor —Philip Roth
  8. Excited as schoolchildren on their way to a treat —Frank Tuohy
  9. Excited … like a kid with his first dish of ice-cream —Louis Bromfield
  10. Excitement caused his heart to thud all over his breast like some crazy and fateful drum —Frank Swinnerton

    See Also: HEARTBEAT

  11. Excitement … had grown to become an exhausting presence within him, like the constant company of a sleepless troop of revelers —Joseph Whitehill
  12. Excitement rose like a hot dry wind —Marge Piercy
  13. Exhausting and exhilarating … it’s [tracking Woody Allen’s career] like mountain climbing —Vincent Canby, New York Times, February 9, 1986
  14. Exhilarating like a swim in a rough ocean —Mary Gordon
  15. Exhilarating as love —Honore de Balzac
  16. Exhilarating … very much like the effects of a strong dose of caffeine —Georges Simenon
  17. Felt exhilarated as a young man at a romantic assignation —Louis Auchincloss
  18. (Music that) fired her blood like wine —Katherine Mansfield
  19. (The hate excited her … she was) fired up like a furnace in a blizzard night —Harold Adams
  20. Flares up like a match —Sholem Aleichem
  21. Flushed and voluble, like football fans on their way back from a match —Aharon Megged
  22. Has about as much suspense as a loaf of bread being spread through a slicer —Scott Simon, reporting on a basketball game, “All Things Considered,” WNYC, January 31, 1987
  23. Her excitement strummed like wire —Marge Piercy
  24. Her excitement was deep down like a desert river under the sands —Oliver La Farge
  25. Life at “Nightline” [Ted Koppel television program] is like being in a popper of popcorn news —Marshal Frady, June, 1987
  26. Responding like an overheated spaniel —Clancy Sigal
  27. Stirring as march music —Paige Mitchell
  28. Thrilled his sleepless nerves like liquor or women on a Saturday night —John Dos Passos
  29. Titillated … like naked flesh —Paul Theroux
  30. Warmed by what he’d read as if it had been draughts of rum —John Cheever
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excitement - the feeling of lively and cheerful joyexcitement - the feeling of lively and cheerful joy; "he could hardly conceal his excitement when she agreed"
joy, joyfulness, joyousness - the emotion of great happiness
thrill, kick, boot, bang, flush, rush, charge - the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"
intoxication - excitement and elation beyond the bounds of sobriety; "the intoxication of wealth and power"
titillation - a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling)
2.excitement - the state of being emotionally aroused and worked upexcitement - the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up; "his face was flushed with excitement and his hands trembled"; "he tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation"
emotional arousal - the arousal of strong emotions and emotional behavior
fever pitch - a state of extreme excitement; "the crowd was at fever pitch"
sensation - a state of widespread public excitement and interest; "the news caused a sensation"
3.excitement - something that agitates and arouses; "he looked forward to the excitements of the day"
arousal, rousing - the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
chiller, hair-raiser - excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones; "the movie was an old-fashioned hair-raiser"
thrill - something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation; "the thrills of space travel"
4.excitement - disturbance usually in protestexcitement - disturbance usually in protest  
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
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2. pleasure, thrill, sensation, stimulation, tingle, kick (informal) The game had its challenges, excitements and rewards.
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Intensity of feeling or reaction:
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إنْفِعال، تَهَيُّج
æsingur, spenningur


[ɪkˈsaɪtmənt] N
1. (= exhilaration) → emoción f, excitación f
why all the excitement?; what's all the excitement about?¿a qué se debe tanta excitación?
she's looking for a bit of excitement in her lifeestá buscando algo de emoción en su vida
in her excitement, she forgot to close the doorcon la emoción, se olvidó de cerrar la puerta
the book has caused great excitement in literary circlesel libro ha causado mucha conmoción en círculos literarios
2. (= agitation) → agitación f, alboroto m
3. (sexual) → excitación f
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[ɪkˈsaɪtmənt] nexcitation f
to be in a state of excitement → être excité(e)
to cause excitement → faire sensation
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Aufregung f; there was great excitement when …es herrschte große Aufregung, als …; a mood of excitementeine Spannung; a shriek of excitementein aufgeregter Schrei; in the excitement of the matchin der Aufregung des Spiels, im Eifer des Gefechts; she only did it for (a bit of) excitementsie hat es nur getan, um ein bisschen Aufregung zu haben; what’s all the excitement about?wozu die ganze Aufregung?; to be in a state of high excitementin heller Aufregung sein; his novel has caused great excitementsein Roman hat große Begeisterung ausgelöst; he enjoys paragliding and other such excitementsParagliding und ähnlich aufregende Dinge machen ihm Spaß
(Physiol) → Reizung f; (sexual) → Erregung f
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[ɪkˈsaɪtmənt] neccitazione f, agitazione f
in the excitement of the departure/preparations → nell'eccitazione or agitazione della partenza/dei preparativi
the book caused great excitement → il libro ha fatto sensazione
she enjoys excitement → le piacciono le emozioni
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ikˈsait) verb
1. to cause or rouse strong feelings of expectation, happiness etc in. The children were excited at the thought of the party.
2. to cause or rouse (feelings, emotions etc). The book did not excite my interest.
exˈcitable adjective
easily becoming excited or upset.
exˌcitaˈbility noun
exˈcited adjective
exˈcitedly adverb
exˈcitement noun
His arrival caused great excitement; the excitement of travel.
exˈciting adjective
an exciting adventure.
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References in classic literature ?
The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement. But all excitements are, through a psychal necessity, transient.
I watched this engagement as I watched the others--with rapt interest and strong excitement, and with a shrink and a shudder for every blow that laid open a cheek or a forehead; and a conscious paling of my face when I occasionally saw a wound of a yet more shocking nature inflicted.
Maybe there was a murmur in the village streets, a novel and dominant topic in the public-houses, and here and there a messenger, or even an eye-witness of the later occurrences, caused a whirl of excitement, a shouting, and a running to and fro; but for the most part the daily routine of working, eating, drinking, sleeping, went on as it had done for count- less years--as though no planet Mars existed in the sky.
Two weeks later, on the 10th of June, they arrived at Saint Louis, where the governor gave them a magnificent reception, and they recovered completely from their excitement and fatigue.
But vain excitement! The Abraham Lincoln checked its speed and made for the animal signalled, a simple whale, or common cachalot, which soon disappeared amidst a storm of abuse.
Although his artistic sense was unceasingly at work collecting materials, although he felt a continually increasing excitement as the moment of criticizing his work drew nearer, he rapidly and subtly formed, from imperceptible signs, a mental image of these three persons.
But if you want excitement, the excitement of a dangerous chase after a tremendous quarry, take your life in your hands, go in and win.
It was rather lonely for him all day, so he thought upon a plan by which he could get a little company and some excitement. He rushed down towards the village calling out "Wolf, Wolf," and the villagers came out to meet him, and some of them stopped with him for a considerable time.
Indeed, in the excitement of the moment, they were loud and extravagant in their commendations of "the mountain tap"; elevating it above every beverage produced from hops or malt.
Their chatter, their laughter, their good-humoured innuendoes, above all, their flashes and flickerings of envy, revived Tess's spirits also; and, as the evening wore on, she caught the infection of their excitement, and grew almost gay.