- 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 emotions
No dishing, and his emotions in the book are no different than the ones he expressed, apparently, in a press release.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Visibly affected the by military atmosphere the young man admitted his emotions were volatile.Hunt for Iraq Vet After Killing Spree
December 16, 2014
Emotions once suppressed, emotions once channeled, now are let loose.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
The novel is a near perfect portrayal of the emotions of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood.These Female Contemporaries Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf
November 20, 2014
As another elder in the valley put it—perhaps more succinctly—“emotions are for women.”Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
She had suffered so much, so poignantly, that at last her emotions had grown sluggish.
The girl in the chair was shaking soundlessly under the stress of her emotions.
There had been in her gaze a conflict of emotions, strong and baffling.
In a few minutes Katy had reduced her emotions to a dry sniffle.Her Father's Daughter
Perhaps his emotions were far deeper than he could express in words.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear
Word Origin and History for emotions
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.