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 That elation became shortlived when the coronavirus pandemic swept the country in March. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "WNBA planning various ways to protest police brutality, racial inequality," 20 June 2020 The reaction ranged from elation to disgust after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament will take place as scheduled this summer in Queens. oregonlive, "U.S. Open 2020 given green light by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo," 18 June 2020 The national uprising in response to the brutal murder of George Floyd, a forty-six-year-old black man, by four Minneapolis police officers, has been met with shock, elation, concern, fear, and gestures of solidarity. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "How Do We Change America?," 8 June 2020 Stephen Curry skipped in elation from half court to the bench for a timeout. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Memorable moments: Klay Thompson has a quarter for the ages," 23 Dec. 2019 The hosts' elation soon turned to apprehension however, when Faouzi Ghoulam was shown a second yellow card for a dangerous tackle. SI.com, "Napoli 2-4 Lazio: The 90 Minute Champions League Shootout That Had it All," 6 Nov. 2019 Crowds march, chant, hold rallies and hold forth for the camera — airing grievances, offering analyses and expressing the elation of a leaderless revolt. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "‘The Uprising,’ a Masterpiece of iPhone Cinema," 1 Apr. 2020 Madness, dejection, elation and shock ensued when both sidelines — and the 42,363 fans in attendance — realized Carter caught the Hail Mary. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "SportsDay staffers pick the best plays they’ve ever witnessed: Game-winners, miraculous catches and rare anomalies," 4 May 2020 And there’s both frustration and elation because final exams and term papers were dropped. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Are 2020 seniors heroes?," 21 Apr. 2020

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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 elated (audio) \ adjective

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