emotion

[ih-moh-shuhn]
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:
1570–80; 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

emotionable, adjective
emotionless, adjective
preemotion, noun


1. See feeling.
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emotion (ɪˈməʊʃən)
 
n
any strong feeling, as of joy, sorrow, or fear
 
[C16: from French, from Old French esmovoir to excite, from Latin ēmovēre to disturb, from movēre to move]
 
e'motionless
 
adj

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emotion
1570s, "a (physical) moving, stirring, agitation," from M.Fr. emotion, from O.Fr. emouvoir "stir up," from L. emovere "move out, remove, agitate," from ex- "out" + movere "to move" (see move). Sense of "strong feeling" is first recorded 1650s; extended to "any feeling" 1808.
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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   (ĭ-mō'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
A psychological state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is sometimes accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling.
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Example sentences
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.
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