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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Those harmonies, delivered in lush purity and wrenchingly emotional, make good songs better and make better songs great. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Zac Brown Band gets Blossom’s summer concert season off to a rousing start," 15 June 2019 Their film illuminates through cinema — America’s most powerful mass media format — the full emotional impact of black displacement on those who are displaced. Amy Alexander, Washington Post, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ captures the heartbreak and anger of people displaced by gentrification," 14 June 2019 Yes, each episode is emotional, but also incredibly informative. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Is the Worst Renovation Mistake You Can Make, According to the Property Brothers," 11 June 2019 Kevin Durant’s decision to play through his calf injury was emotional, irrational and flat-out foolish. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Kevin Durant playing through injury shows love for game — it's why Toronto fans ended up cheering," 10 June 2019 State and federal authorities responsible for addressing drug abuse and mental illness are recognizing the value in training peer recovery support workers to offer emotional, social, and logistical support—and in paying them for their efforts. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Peers in Healing," 10 June 2019 The filmmaker's intent was obviously to concentrate on the specific incident and its aftermath, but personal details would probably have enhanced the overall emotional impact. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'16 Shots': Film Review," 7 June 2019 And Tower, who gives an emotional, often rash performance as Burr, is the perfect counterpart to Utomi's earnest Hamilton. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 Sing, dance, and play together while developing your little one’s social, cognitive, emotional, and motor skills. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 5 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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