(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
State of being excited
1. excitement, excitation; stimulation, piquancy, provocation, arousal, incitement; animation, agitation, perturbation; intoxication, high pressure; exhilaration, passion, thrill, flame. Informal, charge, boot, jolt, charge, kick. Slang, high, buzz, rush, jollies. See violence.
2. (excited situation) fever, commotion, to-do, buzz, dither, fluster, bustle, hurly-burly, hullabaloo, pandemonium, furor[e], upheaval, frenzy, alarums and excursions; rut, orgasm (see sex). Informal, tizzy, lather.
3. excitability, turbulence; exuberance, effervescence, ebullition.
1. (excite to action) excite, move; strike, interest, animate, enliven, inspire, impassion, stir or warm the blood; awaken, evoke, provoke; raise, arouse, stir; fire, get going, [en]kindle, set on fire, inflame, fan the flames, heat, warm, foment, raise to fever heat. Slang, rev up, jazz up, rattle someone's cage, yank someone around or someone's chain.
2. (make excited) stimulate, inspirit, stir up, elate, work up, sharpen, spice, whet, incite, give a fillip, put on one's mettle; stir or play on the feelings; touch a chord, go to one's heart, touch to the quick; intoxicate, electrify, turn one's head, carry or sweep off one's feet, carry away, warm the blood. Slang, turn on.
3. be excited, flare up, catch fire; flush, pale, turn color; work oneself up, lose one's grip; seethe, boil, simmer, foam, fume, rage, rave (see excitability).Informal, race one's motor, blow one's top. Slang, flip [out], get off on, cream one's jeans, wig out, go ape, go bananas, freak out.
1. excited; worked, keyed, or wrought up, on the qui vive, in a quiver, in a fever, in hysterics; black in the face, overwrought; hit, flushed, feverish; all atwitter; flaming, boiling [over], ebullient, seething, foaming [at the mouth], fuming, raging; wild, frantic, mad, hectic, distracted, beside oneself, out of one's mind or wits, ready to burst, stung to the quick. Informal, hot and bothered, gung ho, antsy. Slang, switched on, ape-shit.
2. exciting, warm, glowing, fervid, swelling, heart-stirring, thrilling; striking; soul-stirring, spine-tingling, agonizing, sensational, hysterical; overpowering, overwhelming, piquant, spicy, heady, provocative, tantalizing. Informal, mind-blowing, happening.
Adverbs — excitedly, excitingly, in a dither, all agog; with bated breath.
Quotations — Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit (Henry Adams), It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement (Henry Ward Beecher).
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. agitation, confusion, disturbance, tumult, enthusiasm, eagerness, ferment, trepidation, turmoil, stir, excitation, animation, hurry, perturbation, excitedness, delirium, furor, rage, exhilaration, emotion, stimulation, arousal, drama, melodrama, thrill, activity, commotion, ado, fuss, hullabaloo, bother, dither, hubbub, fluster, flutter, flurry, bustle, to-do, tizzy*; see also thrill .
Ant. peace*, calm, quiet.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
agitation, stimulation, furor, arousal, electricity, passion, enthusiasm, energy, titillation, sensation, frenzy, tizzy, fever, commotion, ferment, *fireworks, flurry, *kicks, perturbation, tumult, *hubbub, *hullabaloo, *white heat, *to-do, *hoopla.
ANT.: somnolence, dormancy, boredom, stagnation
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Intensity of feeling or reaction: excitation, heat, warmth. See EXCITE, FEELINGS, HOT.

English dictionary for students. 2013.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Excitement — Ex*cite ment . [Cf. OF. excitement, escitement.] 1. The act of exciting, or the state of being roused into action, or of having increased action; impulsion; agitation; as, an excitement of the people. [1913 Webster] 2. That which excites or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excitement — index ardor, commotion, furor, interest (concern), passion, provocation, turmoil Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • excitement — early 15c., encouragement; c.1600, something that tends to excite, from EXCITE (Cf. excite) + MENT (Cf. ment). Meaning condition of mental and emotional agitation is from 1846 …   Etymology dictionary

  • excitement — [n] enthusiasm; incitement action, activity, ado, adventure, agitation, animation, bother, buzz*, commotion, confusion, discomposure, disturbance, dither*, drama, elation, emotion, excitation, feeling, ferment, fever, flurry, frenzy, furor, fuss …   New thesaurus

  • excitement — ► NOUN 1) a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness. 2) something that arouses such a feeling. 3) sexual arousal …   English terms dictionary

  • excitement — [ek sīt′mənt, iksīt′mənt] n. [ME < OFr] 1. an exciting or being excited; agitation 2. something that excites …   English World dictionary

  • excitement — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, extreme, great, high, intense, tremendous ▪ breathless, feverish, giddy (esp. AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • excitement — ex|cite|ment W3S3 [ıkˈsaıtmənt] n 1.) [U] the feeling of being excited ▪ The news caused great excitement among scientists. ▪ sexual excitement excitement of ▪ the excitement of becoming a parent excitement at ▪ children filled with excitement at …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • excitement — n. 1) to arouse, create, stir up excitement 2) to feel excitement 3) considerable, great, intense; mounting excitement 4) excitement builds (to a climax); mounts 5) excitement about, at, over * * * [ɪk saɪtmənt] at create great intense …   Combinatory dictionary

  • excitement — noun 1 (U) the feeling of being excited: squeals of excitement (+ of): The new job held none of the excitement of her career in the police. (+ at): their excitement at the discovery | The news that Ms Street had eloped with Jean caused great… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • excitement */*/ — UK [ɪkˈsaɪtmənt] / US noun Word forms excitement : singular excitement plural excitements 1) [uncountable] the feeling of being excited The long wait only added to our excitement. There was great excitement amongst the crowd as they waited for… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.