Word of the Day : January 29, 2011


noun yoo-FOR-ee-uh


: a feeling of well-being or elation

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 "euphoria" 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 and psychology, "euphoria" can describe abnormal or inappropriate feelings such as those caused by an illegal drug or an illness.


The whole college was swept up in the euphoria of winning the national basketball title.

"As for the new airport, McArthur could hardly keep a smile from his face during its entire opening ceremony. The event saw the mayor singing, laughing and soaking in the euphoria of seeing a dream of his finally becoming a reality." -- From an article by Brian Ahern in The Spectrum (St. George, Utah), January 13, 2011

Word Family Quiz

What relative of "euphoria" means "a drug that tends to induce euphoria." The answer is ...


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