feeling

[ fee-ling ]
/ ˈfi lɪŋ /

noun

adjective

Origin of feeling

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at feel, -ing1, -ing2

Related forms

Synonym study

5. Feeling, emotion, passion, sentiment refer to pleasurable or painful sensations experienced when one is stirred to sympathy, anger, fear, love, grief, etc. Feeling is a general term for a subjective point of view as well as for specific sensations: to be guided by feeling rather than by facts; a feeling of sadness, of rejoicing. Emotion is applied to an intensified feeling: agitated by emotion. Passion is strong or violent emotion, often so overpowering that it masters the mind or judgment: stirred to a passion of anger. Sentiment is a mixture of thought and feeling, especially refined or tender feeling: Recollections are often colored by sentiment.
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British Dictionary definitions for feelings

feeling

/ (ˈfiːlɪŋ) /

noun


adjective

Derived Forms

feelingly, adverb
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Medicine definitions for feelings

feeling

[ fēlĭng ]

n.

The sensation involving perception by touch.
A physical sensation, as of pain.
An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires.

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Idioms and Phrases with feelings

feelings

see hard feelings; mixed feelings; no hard feelings; run high, (feelings); sinking feeling.


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