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
Recent Examples on the Web When Corey Kluber of the Yankees pitched a no-hitter against the Rangers on Wednesday, May 19th, the response was elation laced with alarm. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 But that elation made way for a deep appreciation for the moment. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2021 So for some fun and elation, Antarctica’s my destination! Katherine Lucky, The New Republic, 14 May 2021 But the relief and elation has given way to frustration and disillusionment. Veronica Ueckermann, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2021 Not being able to sit together during the mixing process and express elation and disappointment in real time, or observe each other’s reactions without worrying about bandwidth, sapped some of the synaptic spark from the process. T.m. Brown, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2021 The reopening is being met with a mix of elation and hesitation as indoor dining and movie theaters, indoor gyms and museums reopen, with capacities limited. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Mar. 2021 The news was met with a mix of elation and concern from film fans on social media, given that the city is still averaging more than 3,900 new cases per day. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021 As Kitty Sherry, 36, sent her son, Jude, off to his Chicago elementary school this week for the first time in nearly a year, she felt caught in a middle ground between elation and worry. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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