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euphoria

[yoo-fawr-ee-uh, -fohr-]
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noun
  1. a state of intense happiness and self-confidence: She was flooded with euphoria as she went to the podium to receive her Student Research Award.
  2. Psychology. a feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being sometimes exaggerated in pathological states as mania.
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Origin of euphoria

1880–85; < New Latin < Greek euphoría state of well-being. See eu-, -phore, -ia
Related formseu·phor·ic [yoo-fawr-ik, -for-] /yuˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjectiveeu·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • When he had awakened, it had been with the euphoria all gone and with his present hangover.

    The Stars, My Brothers

    Edmond Hamilton

  • Metchnikoff speaks somewhere of an instinct toward death and the euphoria which accompanies its realization.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • The baby seems to smile, at first, just from good spirits (euphoria).

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • It seems to be one form of the random activity that goes with euphoria.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • Alcohol has a very definite tendency to produce a state of euphoria, that is, of well-being.


British Dictionary definitions for euphoria

euphoria

noun
  1. a feeling of great elation, esp when exaggerated
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Derived Formseuphoric (juːˈfɒrɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek: good ability to endure, from eu- + pherein to bear
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Word Origin and History for euphoria

n.

1727, a physician's term for "condition of feeling healthy and comfortable (especially when sick)," medical Latin, from Greek euphoria "power of enduring easily," from euphoros, literally "bearing well," from eu "well" (see eu-) + pherein "to carry" (see infer). Non-technical use, now the main one, dates to 1882 and is perhaps a reintroduction.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

euphoria in Medicine

euphoria

(yōō-fôrē-ə)
n.
  1. A feeling of great happiness or well-being, commonly exaggerated and not necessarily well founded.
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