eu·​pho·​ria | \ yü-ˈfȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce euphoria (audio) \

Definition of euphoria

: a feeling of well-being or elation

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Euphoria Has Greek Roots

Health and happiness are often linked, sometimes even in etymologies. Nowadays "euphoria" generally refers to happiness, but it derives from "euphoros," a Greek word that means "healthy." Given that root, it's not surprising that in its original English uses, it was a medical term. A 1706 quotation shows how doctors used it then: "'Euphoria,' the well bearing of the Operation of a Medicine, i.e. when the Patient finds himself eas'd or reliev'd by it." Modern physicians still use the term, but they aren't likely to prescribe something that will cause it. In contemporary medicine, "euphoria" describes abnormal or inappropriate feelings such as those caused by an illegal drug or an illness.

Examples of euphoria in a Sentence

The initial euphoria following their victory in the election has now subsided. The drug produces intense feelings of euphoria.
Recent Examples on the Web Down Any former kid would tell you that there’s no source of euphoria quite like a giant Lego set. Marc Snetiker,, "EW's 2019 holiday gift guide," 20 Nov. 2019 Halfway through the second drink, there may be a flicker of the old euphoria, quickly snuffed. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019 The hardest part was when the euphoria (about being released) wore off. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Ukraine war prisoners struggle to rebuild lives," 7 Dec. 2019 The euphoria, the excess, of that moment is what Brockhampton is all about. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brockhampton brings bangers to Milwaukee's Eagles Ballroom, and 30 fans onto the stage," 5 Dec. 2019 The euphoria on the street made up for the lack of joy in Saied’s glassy grey eyes. 1843, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 The euphoria on the street made up for the lack of joy in Saied’s glassy grey eyes. The Economist, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 The actress’ makeup was subtle but still gave us euphoria, with glowing skin, glossy lips, and full lashes that made her brown eyes pop. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Zendaya Shut Down The Emmys Red Carpet With A Ruby Body Wave," 22 Sep. 2019 But, the answer was not a drug infused euphoria exemplified at Woodstock and liberally indulged in by youth. Los Angeles Times, "Calendar letters to the editor: Young Latinx musicians are carrying on a tradition," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of euphoria

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for euphoria

New Latin, from Greek, from euphoros healthy, from eu- + pherein to bear — more at bear

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The first known use of euphoria was circa 1751

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Euphoria.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of euphoria

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement


eu·​pho·​ria | \ yu̇-ˈfōr-ē-ə, -ˈfȯr- How to pronounce euphoria (audio) \

Medical Definition of euphoria

: a feeling of well-being or elation especially : one that is groundless, disproportionate to its cause, or inappropriate to one's life situation — compare dysphoria

Other Words from euphoria

euphoric \ -​ˈfȯr-​ik, -​ˈfär-​ How to pronounce euphoric (audio) \ adjective
euphorically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce euphorically (audio) \ adverb

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