If the Prize Patrol showed up at your door with a check for a million dollars, you'd probably be overcome with a feeling of exaltation or overwhelming happiness. Chances are slim, so don't bank on it.

Exaltation comes from the Latin exaltare meaning to "raise aloft." When you're in a state of exaltation, your emotions are raised aloft and you're swept away in happiness. Exaltation is also the term for praising someone really highly or raising someone in rank, and for a group of larks, and in astrology, the place in a planet's orbit of maximum influence. Fly an exaltation of larks above the ceremony of your exaltation to Minister of Vocabulary.

Definitions of exaltation
  1. noun
    the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
    synonyms: apotheosis, deification
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    type of:
    the activity of worshipping
  2. noun
    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
    synonyms: ecstasy, rapture, raptus, transport
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    type of:
    emotional state, spirit
    the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
  3. noun
    a flock of larks (especially a flock of larks in flight overhead)
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    type of:
    a group of birds
  4. noun
    the location of a planet in the zodiac at which it is believed to exert its maximum influence
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    type of:
    celestial point
    a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
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