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

emotionality \ i-​ˌmō-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce emotionality (audio) \ noun
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

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Harington was on the HBO show for a decade, and has talked at length about the emotional toll of bringing Jon Snow to life. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Kit Harington & Rose Leslie Celebrate First Wedding Anniversary After His Treatment," 30 June 2019 Moreover, truth be told, the Warriors are over Durant from an emotional standpoint. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Know this, Warriors fans: Golden State got the best of Kevin Durant," 30 June 2019 But a stunning second-half free-kick from Marco Ilaimaharitra, who plays his club football with Sporting Charleroi in Belgium, proved to be the difference between the two sides, prompting some outstanding and emotional scenes at the final whistle. SI.com, "Africa Cup of Nations Roundup: Senegal at Risk of Early Exit as Algeria Secure Knockout Place," 29 June 2019 Adults and children alike cried during the emotional reunion. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Room bursts into applause as Arizona National Guard unit is welcomed home after nearly a year in Afghanistan," 29 June 2019 All the time encounter stories that miss the emotional appeal of photo, or that stop short of capturing the disturbing details that force us to pay attention to the drug and suicide crisis. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 What follows is a captivating tale about the trials of settling down, fitting in and battling on amid emotional upheaval. The Economist, "The story of a lost girl," 29 June 2019 There is nothing that political pundits and armchair pollsters at home love as much as a flash of emotional drama in the midst of a presidential debate. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden: Bruised Over Busing, But Still Standing," 28 June 2019 Kids also develop persistence, an understanding of how rules work and nearly countless other skills – both academic and social emotional. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of emotional

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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