emo·​tion·​al | \ i-ˈmō-shnəl How to pronounce emotional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of emotional

1 : of or relating to emotion an emotional disorder
2 : dominated by or prone to emotion an emotional person
3 : appealing to or arousing emotion an emotional sermon
4 : markedly aroused or agitated in feeling or sensibilities gets emotional at weddings

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Other Words from emotional

emotionally \ i-​ˈmō-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce emotionally (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of emotional in a Sentence

He's a very emotional person. worship at revival meetings often takes a markedly emotional form
Recent Examples on the Web Meredith, a nurse from Philadelphia, shared one of those moments in an emotional selfie. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "National Nurses Week Draws to a Close With Some Incredibly Powerful Photos," 14 May 2020 That’s been a different emotional toll in trying to help these patients. Sophie Hayssen, refinery29.com, "These Mothers Are Fighting Coronavirus On The Frontlines — & It’s Affecting Them In Unexpected Ways," 8 May 2020 How schools are preparing The string of disappointments combined with isolation — no prom, no hanging out with friends, no athletic games or favorite activities — may also take an emotional toll. Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times, "We need to prepare for the mental health impact of coronavirus on kids," 7 May 2020 Tips From Professional Organizers Regina Lark, founder of A Clear Path in Los Angeles, suggests beginning with a cleanup project where there’s no emotional attachment. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "12 Home Cleaning Hacks From Hotel Housekeeping and Professional Organizers," 5 May 2020 The figures’ anonymity gives the scenes a heightened emotional power in our age of social distancing. Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, "Portraits That More Than Meet the Eye," 29 Apr. 2020 The next 24 hours would give me a newfound appreciation for the extraordinary efforts underway to contain the virus and the emotional toll felt by those who’ve been marked as its next potential victims. Stella Ko, Bloomberg.com, "I Flew to See My Parents and Ended Up in Coronavirus Quarantine," 29 Apr. 2020 But the movement is significantly powered by its members’ emotional connection to a charismatic authority figure. Joseph O’neill, The New York Review of Books, "Brand New Dems?," 29 Apr. 2020 The emotional toll of COVID-19 is tricky to predict. Jillian Mock, Scientific American, "Psychological Trauma Is the Next Crisis for Coronavirus Health Workers," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of emotional

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2020

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“Emotional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotional. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce emotional (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of emotional

: relating to emotions
: likely to show or express emotion : easily upset, excited, etc.
: showing emotion


emo·​tion·​al | \ i-ˈmō-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce emotional (audio) \

Kids Definition of emotional

1 : relating to a person's feelings an emotional upset
2 : likely to show or express feelings He gets emotional at weddings.
3 : expressing strong feelings an emotional speech

Other Words from emotional

emotionally adverb

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