- an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.
- any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
- any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.
- an instance of this.
- something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.
Origin of emotion
Examples from the Web for emotion
Throughout all the stories of loss and pain with the Chief, there was barely a trace of emotion.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
She suggests mindfulness exercises to help us process the emotion before it triggers a response.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
December 29, 2014
Even when he opens up, the sentences are wooden, the scenes sucked dry of emotion.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
He was not a man given to casual affectionate display; the moment was charged with emotion.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
In the wake of the verdicts in Ferguson and New York City, many of us are still sore with emotion.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
The aged philosopher endeavoured to speak, but his voice was tremulous with emotion.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Halbert's first emotion was surprise, his second was gratification.Brave and Bold
I like to be stirred by emotion, I suppose, and I like to study character.
Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.
She was silent with emotion when Mrs. Hancock told her she was growing like her mother.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear
Word Origin and History for emotion
1570s, "a (social) moving, stirring, agitation," from Middle French émotion (16c.), from Old French emouvoir "stir up" (12c.), from Latin emovere "move out, remove, agitate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Sense of "strong feeling" is first recorded 1650s; extended to any feeling by 1808.
- An intense mental state that arises subjectively rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes.
- A psychological state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is sometimes accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.