eu·​phor·​ic yü-ˈfȯr-ik How to pronounce euphoric (audio)
: marked by a feeling of great happiness and excitement : characterized by, based on, or producing euphoria
a euphoric mood
feeling euphoric
He knew he was going to win big, big, big, and he was euphoric about it.Russell Baker
All addictive drugs … work in the brain to produce feelings of well-being and elation. A drug's euphoric effects, which can last from a few minutes to a few hours, are what get a person to take the substance in the first place.Joseph Alper
euphorically adverb
euphorically happy
One minute they were euphorically celebrating victory. The next, they were dropping to their knees in total despair as they looked to the scoreboard and saw the harsh reality of an 18–13 loss. Kyle Riviere

Examples of euphoric in a Sentence

the euphoric winner was momentarily speechless
Recent Examples on the Web Others were euphoric, sometimes eye-rollingly so, or made earnest attempts to reconcile the buzz with Coppola’s larger body of work. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Helps improve your mood: Some people may experience a euphoric feeling while completing the plan. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 24 Mar. 2024 Despite the media glare and disappointment at major tournaments, Eriksson also enjoyed euphoric moments with England. Amanda Davies, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 Many private tech companies that raised money during an euphoric investing environment have since raised money at lower valuations. Lauren Hirsch, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 When people are receiving methadone at the dose that is appropriate for them, there are no euphoric effects, Collier said. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2024 The 28-year-old artist sings about love over a pop and upbeat, euphoric track in her latest release, which gained points mainly in radio this week. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2024 Yet the financial schizophrenia with which Ueda must contend—slumping economy versus euphoric stock boom—makes 2024 a year that, 60 days in, the BOJ probably can’t see end soon enough. William Pesek, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Those included euphoric feelings, illusions and hallucinations, anxiety, abnormal thinking, headaches, dizziness, nausea, excessive sweating, vomiting, numbness or tingling of the skin, and pupil dilation. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of euphoric was in 1888

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“Euphoric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


eu·​phor·​ic -ˈfȯr-ik, -ˈfär- How to pronounce euphoric (audio)
: marked by or experiencing a feeling of intense happiness, excitement, or sense of well-being : characterized by, based on, or producing euphoria (see euphoria sense 1)
Some reports suggest that schizophrenia patients use alcohol to 'self-medicate' psychotic symptoms, subjective distress, insomnia, social anxiety, or medication side effects, whereas other studies suggest that subjects with schizophrenia use alcohol for its stimulatory or euphoric effects.Deepak C. D'Souza et al., Neuropsychopharmacology
compare dysphoric sense 1
: of, relating to, or characterized by gender euphoria
Euphoric experiences are noted to take place in contexts that are deemed safe spaces and free of expectations about ways genders are expressed.Trent Mann et al., Sexuality Research and Social Policy
euphorically adverb

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