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exhilaration (ig-zil-uh-RAY-shuhn) noun

The state of being stimulated, refreshed, or elated.

[Latin exhilarare, exhilarat- : ex-, intensive prefix + hilarare, to make cheerful (from hilaris, hilarus, cheerful, from Greek hilaros) + -tion.]

"But men in their 70s who still come to work every day for the sheer exhilaration of the job don't turn to hammocks in a crisis." Mas Teal, Smart Managing: Not a Fool, Not a Saint Malden Mills Owner Aaron Feuerstein Was Both Ridiculed And Canonized When He Kept His 1,000 Employees on the Payroll Aft, Fortune, 11 Nov 1996.

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