ela·​tion | \ i-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce elation (audio) \

Definition of elation

1 : the quality or state of being elated
2 : pathological euphoria

Examples of elation in a Sentence

most people can't imagine the kind of elation that comes with winning a super lottery's grand prize, but they're dying to find out
Recent Examples on the Web The road was bumpy, hard on her tired body, and yet her overall feeling was elation. New York Times, 3 May 2022 On the first official day of big-league camp in Peoria, Ariz., there was no elation about an acrimonious lockout relegated to the rearview mirror or the exhilarating renewal of baseball’s spring ritual. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2022 Even so, Time Skiffs is imbued with the elation of four long-time friends enjoying a warm weekend getaway after spending far too much time apart. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2022 The author loved his father but hated him as well, and his response to the death is elation and relief. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 To be sure, Simone’s first ride around the neighborhood on the Woom UP 6 made her giddy with elation. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 24 July 2021 No matter how foolproof your recipe may be, or how many generations have passed it down, the moment a biscuit departs an oven follows a familiar pattern: expectation, followed by suspense, before the elation payoff. New York Times, 6 July 2022 The days of greasy elation from his Parks & Rec past are far behind him. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 28 June 2022 Despite their elation at the progress being made, some experts like Dr. Olabisi say that a laser focus on variants may let policymakers ignore the social and economic disparities underlying the disease. New York Times, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of elation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Elation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elation. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for elation


ela·​tion | \ i-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce elation (audio) \

Kids Definition of elation

: the quality or state of being filled with joy or pride


ela·​tion | \ i-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce elation (audio) \

Medical Definition of elation

: pathological euphoria sometimes accompanied by intense pleasure

Other Words from elation

elated \ -​ˈlāt-​əd How to pronounce elation (audio) \ adjective

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