Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Consequently, what are here labeled “emotion views” are divided into those that understand love to be a particular kind of evaluative-cum-motivational response to an object, whether that response is merely occurrent or dispositional (˜emotions proper,™ see Section 5.1, below), and those that understand love to involve a collection of related and interconnected emotions proper (˜emotion complexes,™ see Section 5.2, below).

    Love

  • QUOTATION: Sentiment is intellectualized emotion, —emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

    Quotations

  • But it was of no use; she soon threw her work down, and all her intentions were lost in the vague state of emotion produced by the inspiring duet, —emotion that seemed to make her at once strong and weak; strong for all enjoyment, weak for all resistance.

    VII. Philip Re-enters. Book VI—The Great Temptation

  • The emotion of love, just because it is an _emotion_, is the emotion of a personality.

    The Complex Vision

  • 7374Sentiment is intellectualized emotion, —emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

    Quotations

  • 91Sentiment is intellectualized emotion, —emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

    Quotations

  • After the main emotion is named, further exploration into other times the artist has felt these specific emotions in a strong manner.

    Stanislavskis method within Writing « Write Anything

  • Clearly frazzled by the Wizards 'burst and the sudden rise in emotion from the crowd of 11,591, the Sonics looked disoriented on the other end.

    National Basketball Association - Sonics vs. Wizards

  • He also does the quick happy care-free vs dark angst changes in emotion, which is what I would see required for a young Bilbo, and he'd totally nail it.

    I'm not sure how I feel about this

  • All the emotion is the reason NM is my favorite book.

    Twilight Lexicon » New Moon Cast News

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