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feeling

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1 a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation

  • an overall feeling of happiness about their new home
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2 feelings plural general emotional condition

  • a remark that thoughtlessly hurt her feelings
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3 an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge

  • an interesting think piece in which the congresswoman expressed her feelings about our nationʼs most pressing problems
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4 an indefinite physical response to a stimulus

  • that odd feeling of forward movement you get when the parked car next to you backs out
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5 sorrow or the capacity to feel sorrow for anotherʼs suffering or misfortune

  • a rich person without much feeling for those who are less fortunate
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Synonym Discussion of feeling

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


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