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

Definition of elation

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

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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

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Her laughter was especially contagious and everyone around her would join in her elation until tears flowed and sides split. courant.com, "Laura Rose Curry," 4 June 2019 And just like that, the elation was replaced, almost by habit, with the sort of righteous indignation that has greeted past Mariners’ decline, in seasons when the postseason was the spoken goal. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Only one question matters this Mariners season: How is the step back affecting the step forward?," 19 May 2019 Divorce, however, is an amalgamation of feeling: elation, betrayal, depression, numbness, fury—the list goes on and on. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Madonna Released the Ultimate Divorce Album 6 Years Ago—You Just Didn't Listen," 30 Nov. 2018 The recent returns have sparked a new round of elation and anguish among relatives, some of whom attended the recent annual government briefing where Ms. Antonelli followed up on her uncle’s case. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Korean War Veterans’ Families Renew a Push for Closure," 19 Aug. 2018 Needless to say, the response from Lush's followers has been nothing short of pure, unadulterated elation. Marci Robin, Allure, "Rose Jam Shower Gel Is Finally a Permanent Lush Product," 11 Aug. 2018 An extraordinary sense of elation swept over Mexico, and a lot of Los Angeles, on Sunday with the national soccer team’s stunning 1-0 victory in the World Cup tournament against powerhouse Germany, the reigning champion. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: A new era for the L.A. Times," 18 June 2018 Aided by at least seven foreign governments, over 1,000 people undertook a monumental search effort that ended in elation late Monday when a pair of British divers found all 13 alive and in stable health. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018 Aides described an air of vindication and even elation in the West Wing just days after Trump acceded to a humiliating about-face over his family separation policy in the face of an international uproar. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Travel ban ruling could embolden Trump in remaking U.S. immigration system," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of elation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 elated (audio) \ adjective

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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