emo·​tion·​al·​i·​ty i-ˌmō-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce emotionality (audio)
: the quality or state of being emotional or highly emotional
And I would have grasped that emotionality at the workplace is not a female issue—men and women are equally driven by it, even if the emotions are sometimes expressed differently.Anne Kreamer
Spock was torn between the emotionality of his human side and a Vulcan's zealous commitment to logic.Liam Stack
Sinéad O'Connor's trademark is a searing emotionality reminiscent of James Dean. Her piercing eyes stare unrelentingly at the audience as she shares personal loss in a song written by Prince.Timothy Carlson

Examples of emotionality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ken may be living a life of plastic, but for Gosling the emotionality is all real. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 7 Feb. 2024 That book zoomed like a rocket into my emotionality. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 Swift knows how to pick a collaborator whose emotionality doesn’t overpower hers and the duo create a song that’s not about revenge, but is rather a stinging ditty dedicated to not compromising oneself for a partner.–M.M. 3. TIME, 25 Oct. 2023 Director Maria Friedman, in league with stars Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez and Daniel Radcliffe, burrow down to the musical’s theatrical core and discover not a shallow pool of glibness but a deep wellspring of emotionality. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2023 At their best, Woo’s American pictures showcased his ability to blend mind-melting action scenes with a kind of romanticism and emotionality genre films often looked down on; in that sense, Face/Off (1997) remains unmatched. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 3 July 2023 Its center is a Parisian single mother finding her footing, played with an inviting emotionality by Charlotte Gainsbourg, while its satellite figure is a homeless teenager who enters the family’s orbit. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2023 Unfortunately, the Gerard Butler-starrer doesn’t benefit either from the timing or the comparison, since Kandahar lacks the visceral thrills and intense emotionality of its predecessor. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2023 Challenging Conversations Any conversation that bears the potential for emotionality or conflict is best handled in the office. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emotionality was in 1842

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“Emotionality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotionality. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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