ADJ. considerable, fierce, great, high, intense, tremendous | breathless, febrile, feverish, heady, wild | genuine, real, sheer | initial | sudden | growing, heightened, mounting | added, further | suppressed | nervous, restless | guilty | pleasurable | strange | vicarious The reader of adventure stories wants romance and vicarious excite | youthful | intellectual, physical, political, sexual
QUANT. flicker, flurry, flush, frisson, ripple, surge She felt a surge of excitement when she heard the song.
VERB + EXCITEMENT be bubbling with, be filled with, be flushed with, be sick with, be trembling/tingling with, feel Her face was flushed with excitement. She was almost sick with excitement and apprehension. | cause, generate The news caused tremendous excitement among scientists. | conceal, control, hide, suppress He couldn't suppress the excitement in his voice. | add The element of risk just adds excitement.
EXCITEMENT + VERB build up, grow, mount, rise The tension and excitement built up gradually all day. | die down, evaporate, wear off
PREP. in ~ clapping her hands in excitement | ~ among The news has caused great excitement among scientists. | ~ at her excitement at the prospect of a new job | ~ of the excitement of meeting new people
PHRASES an air of excitement There was an air of excitement about the place. | a feeling/sense of excitement, a fever/state of excitement