emotion

[ ih-moh-shuh n ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ ʃən /

noun

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for emotions

emotion

/ (ɪˈməʊʃən) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for emotions

emotion

[ ĭ-mōshən ]

n.

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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Science definitions for emotions

emotion

[ ĭ-mōshən ]

A psychological state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is sometimes accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.

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