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.

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Imagine the euphoria felt by the Aboriginal owners when the park board voted unanimously to end climbing. National Geographic, "Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark," 15 Sep. 2019 But the early euphoria came to an end pretty quickly. Bill Mckibben, Time, "Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different," 12 Sep. 2019 The euphoria over the Browns this season is leading some to wonder if the team and star players Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. can have as big an emotional and economic impact for Cleveland fans as NBA superstar LeBron James did. Fortune, "Could Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. Be Worth More to Cleveland Than LeBron?," 7 Sep. 2019 It is defined as having a 0.3% or less concentration of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the euphoria-inducing compound in marijuana. Austin Fuller,, "Hemp CBD drinks won’t get you high, makers say. But doctor warns caution," 19 Aug. 2019 Despite the euphoria on Saturday over the repainting effort, there was fresh graffiti on the Geib store by Monday morning. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Neighbors pitch in to rescue historic Vista business from taggers," 14 Aug. 2019 It is defined as having a 0.3 percent or less concentration of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the euphoria-inducing compound in marijuana. Austin Fuller,, "Hemp-based CBD beverage starts to take hold in Central Florida," 6 Aug. 2019 New tactics Opioids, which activate specific receptors in the brain, spinal cord and elsewhere, can cause euphoria that leads to addiction. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "The Heated Quest for Opioid Alternatives," 25 May 2018 The fall of the Berlin Wall caused euphoria in the West. Sheri Berman, New York Times, "Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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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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