elation turned to puzzlement as six infected nuns who received infusions all died.
It is like a habit-forming drug that, in victory, saps your elation and, in defeat, deepens your despair.
The elation is absurd, and therefore all the more endearing.
late 14c., from Old French elacion "elation, conceit, arrogance, vanity," from Latin elationem (nominative elatio), noun of action from elatus "elevated," form used as past participle of efferre, from ex- "out" + latus (see oblate (n.)), past participle of ferre "carry" (see infer). Metaphoric sense of "lifting spirits" was in Latin and has always been the principal meaning in English.