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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Camp’s legacy, for me, is the elation of the moment I was knighted, my camp director smiling down at me, the promise that I had been granted entry into a new, more important group of people. Mac Schwerin, Vox, "The case against summer camp," 16 Aug. 2019 But the mood in the Brewers dugout went from elation to concern in the bottom of the inning when Woodruff took a funny hop off the mound after delivering a pitch to the first hitter, Tim Locastro. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 4: Uplifting victory tempered by Brandon Woodruff going on injured list," 21 July 2019 It's been a turbulent summer of emotions for Newcastle United fans, elation mixed with despair. SI.com, "4 Positions Newcastle United Must Strengthen to Survive in the Premier League Next Season," 30 June 2019 The elation in the Cubs clubhouse over the Craig Kimbrel signing overshadowed the possibility that Ben Zobrist’s days as a Cub may be over. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Here's hoping Ben Zobrist returns to the Cubs. But Joe Maddon says they must be 'prepared mentally' for the possibility that he won't.," 6 June 2019 As Mueller elation fades to Mueller fatigue nearly four months after the report landed on Attorney General William Barr’s desk, why — and how — has the entertainment world’s appetite for the Mueller report reached a fevered pitch? Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "How the Mueller report became a live-theater summer sensation," 20 July 2019 The remaining few days of the cruise, Robinson said, were filled with elation. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Witnessing a bit of history': How researchers captured a giant squid on camera in US," 24 June 2019 The electric elation of discovery, combined with cultural harmony, brought one Summerfest talent buyer to tears. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best and worst of Summerfest 2019 in Milwaukee, from Billie Eilish to Jennifer Lopez," 8 July 2019 But her insecurities seemed to evaporate with the audience's elation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lonely Island, T-Pain and the best and worst on the side stages on Day 3," 28 June 2019

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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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