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 rouses; that which moves, stirs, or induces action; a motive. [1913 Webster]

The cares and excitements of a season of transition and struggle. --Talfowrd. [1913 Webster]

3. (Physiol.) A state of aroused or increased vital activity in an organism, or any of its organs or tissues. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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