from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One whose conduct, thought, or rhetoric is governed by emotion rather than reason, often as a matter of policy.
  • n. An excessively emotional person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone whose thoughts and actions are governed by their emotions rather than by logic
  • n. Someone who is abnormally emotional

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is easily overcome by emotions; a person subject to or controlled by emotion.
  • n. One who endeavors to excite emotional feeling; one who appeals to the emotions rather than to the reason or conscience.


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  • We the good and virtuous people of this land have to retain our balance in a tidal flood of emotionalist hypocracy.

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  • Unfortunately, the hokey FairTax is predicated on some unrealistic political assumptions that are ignored for the sake of emotionalist feel-good propaganda by the promoters.

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  • Melanie, you can put forward logical and intelligent analysis and arguments until you are blue in the face, it isn't going to change the world-view of a died-in-the-wool emotionalist; there is simply no meeting of minds.

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  • You know, the same markets that kept coal miners on starvation wages until they died of black lung in North America before they were unionized and the evil well-meaning emotionalist do-gooders managed to get things like child-labor and workplace-safety laws passed.

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  • I am therefore deeply saddened by your emotionalist appeal that plays on well-known and deeply seated stereotypes: the poor, innocent immigrant, being ravaged and taken advantage of by the smooth-talking, "everyone-knows-he-is-a-farce" man in power.

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  • The guest host series in particularly is a vile emotionalist attack on individual’s motives that the authors can’t possibly have any knowledge of.

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  • Mr. NAT ADDERLEY Jr. (Music Director): My absolute favorite songs of his tend to be the real, real deep emotionalist, the ones that I hear for the first time and I'm home crying because I know, ` Oh, my goodness, that really came from Luther.

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  • Bucky O'Neill, however, the iron-nerved, iron-willed fighter from Arizona, the Sheriff whose name was a by-word of terror to every wrong-doer, white or red, the gambler who with unmoved face would stake and lose every dollar he had in the worldhe, alone among his comrades, was a visionary, an articulate emotionalist.

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  • In these states of mind we find the philosopher, the idealist, the emotionalist, the psychist, the sensitive, the intuitionist, the revelator, the transcendentalist and the seer.

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