- the function or the power of perceiving by touch.
- physical sensation not connected with sight, hearing, taste, or smell.
- a particular sensation of this kind: a feeling of warmth; a feeling of pain.
- the general state of consciousness considered independently of particular sensations, thoughts, etc.
- a consciousness or vague awareness: a feeling of inferiority.
- an emotion or emotional perception or attitude: a feeling of joy; a feeling of sorrow.
- capacity for emotion, especially compassion: to have great feeling for the sufferings of others.
- a sentiment; attitude; opinion: The general feeling was in favor of the proposal.
- feelings, sensibilities; susceptibilities: to hurt one's feelings.
- fine emotional endowment.
- (in music, art, etc.)
- emotion or sympathetic perception revealed by an artist in his or her work: a poem without feeling.
- the general impression conveyed by a work: a landscape painting with a spacious feeling.
- sympathetic appreciation, as of music: to play with feeling.
- sensitive; sentient.
- readily affected by emotion; sympathetic: a feeling heart.
- indicating or characterized by emotion: a feeling reply to the charge.
Origin of feeling
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Examples from the Web for feelings
Sure, they have children, and sure her feelings were conflicted but this did not make sense in the way it was written and played.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
What are your feelings about the wave of support that always immediately presents itself from the other side?
RAWIYA: I learned several years ago that in these kinds of situations, I have to prioritize my own feelings.
But not all of us can put our feelings into a catchy and soulful song.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Taylor Swift in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Perhaps my outrage at the men defending Cosby springs from my own feelings of guilt.What Trait Do Bill Cosby’s Defenders Share?
November 26, 2014
Philæmon averted his face for a moment, and struggled hard with his feelings.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The feelings with which Robert read and his mother listened to this letter, were varied.
It was Aldonza, however, who specially touched her feelings.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Such of the sailors as happened to be on deck shared his feelings.
Don't consider my feelings, Captain Haley, but say what you have to say.
- the sense of touch
- the ability to experience physical sensations, such as heat, pain, etc
- the sensation so experienced
- a state of mind
- a physical or mental impressiona feeling of warmth
- fondness; sympathyto have a great deal of feeling for someone
- an ability to feel deeplya person of feeling
- a sentimenta feeling that the project is feasible
- an impression or mood; atmospherethe feeling of a foreign city
- an emotional disturbance, esp anger or dislikea lot of bad feeling about the increase in taxes
- intuitive appreciation and understandinga feeling for words
- sensibility in the performance of something
- (plural) emotional or moral sensitivity, as in relation to principles or personal dignity (esp in the phrase hurt or injure the feelings of)
- have feelings for to be emotionally or sexually attracted to
- sentient; sensitive
- expressing or containing emotion
- warm-hearted; sympathetic
Word Origin and History for feelings
"tender or sensitive side of one's nature," 1771, from plural of feeling.
late 12c., "act of touching, sense of touch," verbal noun from feel (v.). Meaning "emotion" is mid-14c. Meaning "what one feels (about something), opinion" is from mid-15c. Meaning "capacity to feel" is from 1580s. Related: Feelingly.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with feelings
see hard feelings; mixed feelings; no hard feelings; run high, (feelings); sinking feeling.