emotion

noun
emo·​tion | \ i-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce emotion (audio) \

Definition of emotion

1a : a conscious mental reaction (such 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
b : a state of feeling
c : the affective aspect of consciousness : feeling
2a : excitement
b obsolete : disturbance

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Synonyms for emotion

Synonyms

chord, feeling, passion, sentiment

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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

Examples of emotion in a Sentence

a display of raw emotion The defendant showed no emotion when the verdict was read. She was overcome with emotion at the news of her friend's death.
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What to Write in a Wedding Card for Your Sister Your sister is often one of your closest friends, so feel free to pour out your emotions here. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "What to Write in a Wedding Card," 28 May 2019 Instead of resigning yourself to a generalized negative mood for the next few hours, try to label your emotions. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Get Out of a Bad Mood," 28 May 2019 There's been a stigma for a long time that guys aren’t supposed to show their emotions. Jon Patrick Hatcher, Good Housekeeping, "If You Want to Know What's Really Going on in Boys' Heads, Ask Their BFFs," 30 Apr. 2019 But growing scientific evidence suggests that your physical states can shape your emotions and cognition in surprising ways. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 For Portland, doing so would have ruffled the feathers of a player who has had trouble, at times, controlling his emotions during his NBA career. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Blazers Finally Ink Core a Piece in Jusuf Nurkic to Team-Friendly Deal," 7 July 2018 If that's the barometer for Cersei showing emotion, then something pretty devastating must happen in season eight—like Jaime dying. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Need to Read Before Season 8 Premieres," 8 Mar. 2019 Hoehn spoke regularly with his attorney, Daniel Borgen, during Crews' testimony but showed little emotion. Dave Kolpack, Fox News, "Woman says boyfriend pressed her to 'produce a baby'," 25 Sep. 2018 Zschaepe showed no emotion when the verdict was read. Erik Kirschbaum, latimes.com, "German Neo-Nazi found guilty of murder in execution-style slayings of migrants," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of emotion

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for emotion

Middle French, from emouvoir to stir up, from Old French esmovoir, from Latin emovēre to remove, displace, from e- + movēre to move

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The first known use of emotion was in 1579

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emotion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emotion

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

emotion

noun
emo·​tion | \ i-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce emotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of emotion

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

emotion

noun
emo·​tion | \ i-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce emotion (audio) \

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

Other Words from emotion

emotional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce emotional (audio) \ adjective
emotionality \ -​ˌmō-​shə-​ˈnal-​ət-​ē How to pronounce emotionality (audio) \ noun, plural emotionalities
emotionally \ -​ˈmō-​shnə-​lē, -​shən-​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce emotionally (audio) \ adverb

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