emotion

[ih-moh-shuh n]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
  3. 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.
  4. an instance of this.
  5. something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.

Origin of emotion

1570–80; apparently < Middle French esmotion, derived on the model of movoir: motion, from esmovoir to set in motion, move the feelings < Vulgar Latin *exmovēre, for Latin ēmovēre; see e-1, move, motion
Related formse·mo·tion·a·ble, adjectivee·mo·tion·less, adjectivepre·e·mo·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. See feeling.
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Examples from the Web for emotion

Contemporary Examples of emotion

Historical Examples of emotion

  • 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

    Horatio Alger

  • I like to be stirred by emotion, I suppose, and I like to study character.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She was silent with emotion when Mrs. Hancock told her she was growing like her mother.


British Dictionary definitions for emotion

emotion

noun
  1. any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear
Derived Formsemotionless, adjective

Word Origin for emotion

C16: from French, from Old French esmovoir to excite, from Latin ēmovēre to disturb, from movēre to move
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Word Origin and History for emotion
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

emotion in Medicine

emotion

[ĭ-mōshən]
n.
  1. An intense mental state that arises subjectively rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes.
Related formse•motion•al adj.
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emotion in Science

emotion

[ĭ-mōshən]
  1. A psychological state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is sometimes accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.
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