euphoria [yoo-fawr-ee-uh, -fohr-] 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; New Latin Greek euphoría state of well-being. See, , Related formseu·phor·ic [yoo-fawr-ik, -for-] /yuˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjectiveeu·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb euphoric [yoo-fawr-ik, -for-] 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.
Origin of euphoric+ Related formseu·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb British Dictionary definitions for euphorically euphoria noun
- a feeling of great elation, esp when exaggerated
Derived Formseuphoric (juːˈfɒrɪk), adjectiveWord Origin for euphoria C19: from Greek: good ability to endure, from eu- + pherein to bear Word Origin and History for euphorically 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) + pherein “to carry” (see ). Non-technical use, now the main one, dates to 1882 and is perhaps a reintroduction.
1888, with reference to hashish, from+ . The noun meaning “a drug which causes euphoria” is from 1934.
euphorically in Medicine euphoria [yōō-fôr′ē-ə] n.
- A feeling of great happiness or well-being, commonly exaggerated and not necessarily well founded.