eu·​pho·​ria yü-ˈfȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce euphoria (audio)
: 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 euphoria was a medical term. Its entry in an early 18th-century dictionary explains it as "the well-bearing of the Operation of a Medicine; that is, when the Sick Person 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 illicit drug or an illness.

Example Sentences

The initial euphoria following their victory in the election has now subsided. The drug produces intense feelings of euphoria.
Recent Examples on the Web But the production of the album offers nothing short of euphoria — harmonious synths, chunky piano chords, glittering guitars and thundering beats urge the listener to dance in spite of the album’s heavier themes. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 6 Oct. 2022 The euphoria was brief as their government fell in 22 months due to infighting. Eileen Ng, ajc, 16 Nov. 2022 Crypto euphoria is in a state of collapse, which is why crypto markets are experiencing a Minsky moment. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 1 July 2022 But the euphoria was short-lived, as hope gave way to occupation, as well as more daily death and destruction after the Americans dissolved the Iraqi army., 12 Sep. 2021 For most, the euphoria after walking out of the doctor's office or clinic with a band aid and a tender arm is just too much to keep bottled up inside. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2021 The euphoria over the first major cryptocurrency player to go public is of a piece with the damn-the-fundamentals craze that's spawned the Tesla phenomenon and pushed U.S. equities to near-bubble territory. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021 With 100mg of quality delta 8 per gummy, consumers are happily reaching elevated heights of euphoria. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 The combination of Bailey's frustration and euphoria over being in the OR again catapults her into a decision that makes everyone who watches this show a happy camper. Yolanda Machado,, 21 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek, from euphoros healthy, from eu- + pherein to bear — more at bear

First Known Use

circa 1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of euphoria was circa 1751


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Cite this Entry

“Euphoria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



eu·​pho·​ria yu̇-ˈfōr-ē-ə How to pronounce euphoria (audio)
: a strong feeling of happiness
-ˈfȯr-ik How to pronounce euphoria (audio)

Medical Definition



eu·​pho·​ria yu̇-ˈfōr-ē-ə, -ˈfȯr- How to pronounce euphoria (audio)
: 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 adjective
euphorically adverb

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