WORD ORIGIN noun 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. . Psychology a feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being sometimes exaggerated in pathological states as mania. Origin of euphoria 1880–85;
state of well-being. See
-ia Related forms eu·phor·ic , [yoo- fawr-ik, - for-] /yuˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/ adjective eu·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb adjective intensely happy or confident: She was euphoric when she received the Oscar. . Psychology in a state of happy and confident well-being sometimes exaggerated in pathological states as mania. Related forms eu·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for euphorically noun a feeling of great elation, esp when exaggerated Derived Forms euphoric ( juːˈfɒrɪk), adjective Word Origin for euphoria
C19: from Greek: good ability to endure, from
eu- + pherein to bear
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Word Origin and History for euphorically 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. adj.
1888, with reference to hashish, from
euphoria + -ic. The noun meaning "a drug which causes euphoria" is from 1934.
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n. A feeling of great happiness or well-being, commonly exaggerated and not necessarily well founded.
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