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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.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of euphoria
New Latin, from Greek, from euphoros healthy, from eu- + pherein to bear — more at bear
First Known Use: circa 1751
EUPHORIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of euphoria for English Language Learners
: a feeling of great happiness and excitement
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
euphoric\-ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär-\play adjective
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