emotion

noun emo·tion \ i-ˈmō-shən \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of emotion

1 a obsolete : disturbance
2 a : the affective aspect of consciousness : feeling
b : a state of feeling
c : a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body

Examples of emotion in a Sentence

  1. a display of raw emotion

  2. The defendant showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

  3. She was overcome with emotion at the news of her friend's death.

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Origin and Etymology of emotion

Middle French, from emouvoir to stir up, from Old French esmovoir, from Latin emovēre to remove, displace, from e- + movēre to move

Synonym Discussion of emotion

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it.
    • the feelings that once moved me are gone
emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses.
    • the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence
affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings.
    • a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family
sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea.
    • her feminist sentiments are well known
passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion.
    • revenge became his ruling passion


EMOTION Defined for English Language Learners

emotion

noun

Definition of emotion for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear)


EMOTION Defined for Kids

emotion

noun emo·tion \ i-ˈmō-shən \

Definition of emotion for Students

: strong feeling (as anger, love, joy, or fear) often accompanied by a physical reaction
  • She flushed with emotion.

Medical Dictionary

emotion

noun emo·tion \ i-ˈmō-shən \

medical Definition of emotion

1 : the affective aspect of consciousness
2 : a state of feeling
3 : a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body — compare affect

emotional

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective

emotionality

play \-ˌmō-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē\ noun plural emotionalities

emotionally

play \-ˈmō-shnə-lē, -shən-ᵊl-ē\ adverb


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