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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No matter how philosophical or emotional the arguments may be, all good bench racing comes down to the numbers. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Supra and Chevrolet Camaro V-6 1LE by the Numbers: A Tale of Two Sixes and an $18K Price Difference," 16 May 2019 The show is at once emotional, witty, and edgy, and it's been met with all kinds of positive reviews from casual viewers and critics alike. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "When Will 'Dead to Me' Season 2 Come to Netflix? Here's What We Know So Far," 6 May 2019 Bella Hadid also put up an emotional post on Saturday about its destruction, and listed resources for evacuating animals. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Spent Saturday Helping Firefighters After Evacuating Her House," 11 Nov. 2018 And in that time, the two have clearly bonded — over makeup, of course, but also over so much more, as is apparent in an emotional and lengthy Instagram post Tejada shared with his 1.7 million followers on Saturday. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner's Makeup Artist Ariel Tejada Just Posted the Sweetest Open Letter to Her on Instagram," 8 Sep. 2018 Let’s all just pretend this is an impromptu, great tattoo decision from Emilia, and not an emotional tribute to the end of the greatest TV show of our generation, okay? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Got The Perfect 'Game of Thrones' Tribute Tattoo in Honor of Her Character, Daenerys Targaryen," 20 Sep. 2018 Did Maleni get emotional after going off her birth control? Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "When this Instagram couple has vicious fights, millions of people tune in," 31 Aug. 2018 Although her armor on Game of Thrones isn't exactly in line with her real-life wardrobe, Christie was still emotional taking it off for the last time after filming her final scene. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwendoline Christie Looked Like a Goddess at the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 Netflix There is another scene that is very emotional near the end of the film, where the children are playing at the beach and Cleo goes into the water to save two of them from almost drowning. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she’s in one of the year’s buzziest films.," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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