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emotion

[ih-moh-shuh n] /ɪˈmoʊ ʃən/
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
1570-1580
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 forms
emotionable, adjective
emotionless, adjective
preemotion, noun
Synonym Study
1. See feeling.
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Examples from the Web for emotion
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  • She turned and looked at Moxy to calm the emotion to which she would not give scope.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Halbert's first emotion was surprise, his second was gratification.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It was impossible to detect any sign of emotion on his face.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I like to be stirred by emotion, I suppose, and I like to study character.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Her voice was full of emotion and he turned his wheel and stopped at her bidding.

    The Shadow Mary White Ovington
British Dictionary definitions for emotion

emotion

/ɪˈməʊʃən/
noun
1.
any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear
Derived Forms
emotionless, adjective
Word Origin
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.

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emotion in Medicine

emotion e·mo·tion (ĭ-mō'shən)
n.
An intense mental state that arises subjectively rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes.


e·mo'tion·al adj.
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emotion in Science
emotion
  (ĭ-mō'shən)   
A psychological state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is sometimes accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.
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