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EXCI'TEMENT, noun The act of exciting; stimulation.

1. The state of being roused into action, or of having increased action. Stimulants are intended to produce excitement in the animal system.

2. Agitation; a state of being roused into action; as an excitement of the people.

3. That which excites or rouses; that which moves, stirs, or induces action; a motive.