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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.
Recent Examples of euphoria from the Web
The euphoria of the school’s move to the SEC and Manziel’s Heisman had carried through 2013.
Called Molly, the drug is a form of Ecstasy or MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine) and sought after for its ability to create euphoria and heightened sensations in users.
Unnatural Happiness/Euphoria Heroin users like the drug due to its ability to invoke feelings of pleasure and euphoria.
Opioid medications bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, driving up levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine in the brain's reward areas and producing an intense feeling of euphoria.
Part of that involves red notifications that give users a burst of euphoria.
Heroin is, of course, concentrated morphine designed to create euphoria.
But for millions of Pakistani Muslims, suffering through sweltering heat in the fasting month of Ramadan, the victory unleashed a burst of cathartic relief and euphoria.
The euphoria may have even caused them to celebrate how good $12 hot dogs and Italian sausages are for the soul.
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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.
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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