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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
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 for emotions
  • People have long brought home emotions they can't express at work.
  • What you smell may influence emotions in your dreams, according to a new study.
  • He recalls that his emotions raced from awe to panic.
  • It has the ability to trigger memories and emotions unlike any other stimuli affecting our senses.
  • The reason, scientists say, has to do with how emotions and feelings are processed in the brain.
  • Music's ability to trigger powerful emotions is well known anecdotally, of course.
  • emotions are incredibly important psychological phenomena.
  • But the fact that the show draws you in so deeply simply proves its point: our emotions frequently get the best of us.
  • emotions move us toward things and ideas that produce pleasure and away from things and ideas that produce pain.
  • People who call themselves scholars need to tell the truth about the emotions swirling through the halls of higher education.
British Dictionary definitions for emotions

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 emotions

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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emotions 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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emotions 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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