from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, and love.
- n. A state of mental agitation or disturbance: spoke unsteadily in a voice that betrayed his emotion. See Synonyms at feeling.
- n. The part of the consciousness that involves feeling; sensibility: "The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect” ( Isaac Bashevis Singer).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person's internal state of being and involuntary physiological response to an object or a situation, based on or tied to physical state and sensory data.
- n. A reaction by an non-human organism with behavioral and physiological elements similar to a person's response.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings, whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or agitation of mind caused by a specific exciting cause and manifested by some sensible effect on the body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Excited or unusual motion; disturbed movement.
- n. An agitated or aroused, and usually distinctly pleasurable or painful, state of mind directed toward some object; technically, a sensation excited by an idea and directed toward an object, and accompanied by some bodily commotion, such as blushing, trembling, weeping, or some slighter disturbance not manifest to a second party.
- n. Synonyms Trepidation, Tremor, etc. See agnitation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any strong feeling
French émotion, from Old French, from esmovoir, to excite, from Vulgar Latin *exmovēre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French émotion, from émouvoir ("excite") based on Latin emotus, past participle of emovere ("to move out, move away, remove, stir up, agitate"), from e- ("out") (variant of ex-), and movere ("move"). (Wiktionary)