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Examples of emote in a Sentence
He stood on the stage, emoting and gesturing wildly.
Recent Examples of emote from the Web
The image depicts the bearded, long-haired singer emoting from inside a circular, coin-like design.
Wolf Blitzer was first, giving off major dramatic tones in his voice – emoting sadness from his cell phone while traveling with President Clinton in Boston.
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Emote is an example of what linguists call a back-formation - that is, a word formed by trimming down an existing word (in this case, "emotion"). From the time "emote" was coined in the early 20th century, its use has tended to be less than entirely serious. It most often appears in humorous or deprecating descriptions of the work of actors. It is similarly used to describe theatrical behavior by nonactors, as in this passage by David Fontana, published in The New Republic on March 11, 2012: "We might not want our president to emote about economics or war; but why shouldn't a fan, or for that matter a sports announcer, emote about athletics, which is not after all a matter of world historical importance?"
Origin and Etymology of emote
back-formation from emotion
First Known Use: 1917
EMOTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emote for English Language Learners
: to express emotion in a very dramatic or obvious way
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