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[yoo-fawr-ee-uh, -fohr-] /yuˈfɔr i ə, -ˈfoʊr-/
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; < New Latin < Greek euphoría state of well-being. See eu-, -phore, -ia
Related forms
[yoo-fawr-ik, -for-] /yuˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/ (Show IPA),
euphorically, adverb Unabridged
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  • There is no metaphysical hair-splitting in An Enemy of the People, nor sentimental talk about euphoria and going happily to death.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • It seems to be one form of the random activity that goes with euphoria.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Everyone roughly within a radius of fifty feet—I've checked the limit a thousand times—immediately feels a sort of euphoria.

    Assignment's End Roger Dee
  • The baby seems to smile, at first, just from good spirits (euphoria).

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • When he had awakened, it had been with the euphoria all gone and with his present hangover.

    The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for euphoria


a feeling of great elation, esp when exaggerated
Derived Forms
euphoric (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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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euphoria in Medicine

euphoria eu·pho·ri·a (yōō-fôr'ē-ə)
A feeling of great happiness or well-being, commonly exaggerated and not necessarily well founded.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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euphoria in Technology

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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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