emotion

play
noun emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

Definition of emotion

  1. 1a obsolete :  disturbanceb :  excitement

  2. 2a :  the affective aspect of consciousness :  feelingb :  a state of feelingc :  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.

Recent Examples of emotion from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'emotion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

play
noun

Definition of emotion for English Language Learners

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


EMOTION Defined for Kids

emotion

play
noun emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

Definition of emotion for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

emotion

play
noun emo·tion \i-ˈmō-shən\

Medical Definition of emotion

  1. 1:  the affective aspect of consciousness

  2. 2:  a state of feeling

  3. 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

\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

emotionality

\-ˌmō-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē\play noun plural

emotionalities

emotionally

\-ˈmō-shnə-lē, -shən-əl-ē\play adverb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up emotion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to relieve or lessen

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!