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euphoria

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noun eu·pho·ria \yü-ˈfȯr-ē-ə\

Simple Definition of euphoria

  • : a feeling of great happiness and excitement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of euphoria

  1. :  a feeling of well-being or elation

euphoric

play \-ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär-\ adjective

euphorically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of euphoria in a sentence

  1. The initial euphoria following their victory in the election has now subsided.

  2. The drug produces intense feelings of euphoria.



Did You Know?

Health and happiness are often linked, sometimes even in etymologies. Nowadays "euphoria" generally refers to happiness, but it derives from "euphoros," a Greek word that means "healthy." Given that root, it's not surprising that in its original English uses, it was a medical term. A 1706 quotation shows how doctors used it then: "'Euphoria,' the well bearing of the Operation of a Medicine, i.e. when the Patient finds himself eas'd or reliev'd by it." Modern physicians still use the term, but they aren't likely to prescribe something that will cause it. In contemporary medicine, "euphoria" describes abnormal or inappropriate feelings such as those caused by an illegal drug or an illness.

Origin and Etymology of euphoria

New Latin, from Greek, from euphoros healthy, from eu- + pherein to bear — more at bear


First Known Use: circa 1751


Medical Dictionary

euphoria

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noun eu·pho·ria \yu̇-ˈfōr-ē-ə, -ˈfȯr-\

Medical Definition of euphoria

  1. :  a feeling of well-being or elation; especially :  one that is groundless, disproportionate to its cause, or inappropriate to one's life situation—compare dysphoria

euphoric

\-ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär-\play adjective

euphorically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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