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emotion

noun emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

: a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear)

Full Definition of EMOTION

1
a obsolete :  disturbance
b :  excitement
2
a :  the affective aspect of consciousness :  feeling
b :  a state of feeling
c :  a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body
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Examples of EMOTION

  1. a display of raw emotion
  2. The defendant showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
  3. She was overcome with emotion at the news of her friend's death.

Origin of EMOTION

Middle French, from emouvoir to stir up, from Old French esmovoir, from Latin emovēre to remove, displace, from e- + movēre to move
First Known Use: 1579

Synonym Discussion of EMOTION

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it <the feelings that once moved me are gone>. emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses <the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence>. affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings <a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family>. sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea <her feminist sentiments are well known>. passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion <revenge became his ruling passion>.

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EMOTION Defined for Kids

emotion

noun emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

Definition of EMOTION for Kids

:  strong feeling (as anger, love, joy, or fear) often accompanied by a physical reaction <She flushed with emotion.>
Medical Dictionary

emotion

noun emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

Medical Definition of EMOTION

1
:  the affective aspect of consciousness
2
:  a state of feeling
3
:  a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body—compare affect
emo·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
emo·tion·al·i·ty \-ˌmō-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē\ noun, plural emo·tion·al·i·ties
emo·tion·al·ly \-ˈmō-shnə-lē, -shən-əl-ē\ adverb

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