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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Confessing to burning down a forest one hot summer day, an old classmate speaks of his euphoria. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 The euphoria that greeted Abiy’s rise to power just over a year ago seems a distant memory. The Economist, "Killings and claims of an attempted putsch rock Ethiopia," 27 June 2019 Some of Bitcoin’s biggest backers even warned the euphoria had gotten out of hand. Fortune, "Bitcoin Newbies Are Getting Crushed," 3 Feb. 2018 If happiness is organic and long-lasting, euphoria is chemical and fleeting. Judy Berman, Time, "In HBO’s Bleak Gen Z Drama, Euphoria Is the Opposite of Happiness," 13 June 2019 It's also added to heroin, meth and cocaine to give users a more powerful euphoria. Terry Demio,, "OD alert issued after 23 overdose calls, 12 hospitalized in 24 hours," 1 Apr. 2019 The euphoria that accompanied the interim peace accords of the mid-1990s was short-lived. Fox News, "Correction: Israel at 70 story," 20 Apr. 2018 The euphoria that accompanied the interim peace accords of the mid-1990s was short-lived. Washington Post, "Israel at 70: Satisfaction and grim disquiet share the stage," 19 Apr. 2018 Both drugs make users intensely alert by flooding them with a sense of euphoria. Fox News, "Nazi soldiers used performance-enhancing 'super-drug' in World War II, shocking documentary reveals," 25 June 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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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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