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  • noun a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation


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  • And we abuse Greek adverbs to qualify nouns, as in euphoria; though I suspect that this may be correctly derived from the older English word euphory, in which eu is properly used to qualify a verb.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VI No 2


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  • "'For me and I think most Peruvians it induces a mild euphory, an absence of untimely sleepiness and hunger, a tranquillity of mind and perhaps enhanced powers of reflection.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 263

    See also euphoria.

    March 9, 2008