Definition of emotion in English:

emotion

noun

  • 1A strong feeling deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others:

    ‘she was attempting to control her emotions’
    [mass noun] ‘his voice was shaky with emotion’
    • ‘He said the crash had devastated the entire station and emotions were still raw.’
    • ‘It can also be difficult for them to speak to friends about the emotions they are experiencing.’
    • ‘I guess Dan didn't want me to know he was human and actually had feelings and emotions.’
    • ‘As his wife fell into a dark world of despair, Adom felt his emotions mirror hers.’
    • ‘The mother struggles to find her own voice amid the turbulent emotions of her offspring.’
    • ‘I let my emotions control me instead of my logic, my hatred win out over my curiosity.’
    • ‘He said he could never condone her reaction but her emotions were understandable.’
    • ‘Never before had he felt such strong emotions for anyone else besides his family.’
    • ‘He began to drink heavily and seemed quite incapable of controlling his emotions.’
    • ‘Do you ever feel caught up in emotions and find yourself making a bad decision?’
    • ‘Asylum is an issue which continues to stir emotions, both in the town and across the country.’
    • ‘She hated letting other people see her cry, as if it was a point of shame to possess human emotions.’
    • ‘It allows you to have strong emotions and opinions without any real risk to yourself.’
    • ‘The endocrine system is often seen as having a very strong link to the emotions.’
    • ‘Her emotions were too strong, too raw, for her to be able to suppress them any longer.’
    • ‘It's easier to write a song and sing about intense personal emotions than to talk about them.’
    • ‘The left part of the picture seems to symbolize the realm of desire and irrational emotions.’
    • ‘When he does react, he makes sure that his rational side is always in control of his emotions.’
    • ‘How could she have let him do this to her, to affect her this way that she had no control over her own emotions?’
    • ‘There has been an attempt to defuse aggressive emotions and any desire for revenge.’
    • ‘You should respect your elders, but not when they try to manipulate your emotions.’
    • ‘She loves the fact that there is an intensity about holidays that can spark strong emotions.’
    passion, intensity, warmth, ardour, fervour, vehemence, fire, fieriness, excitement, spirit, soul
    feeling, sentiment, sensation
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] Instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge:
      ‘responses have to be based on historical insight, not simply on emotion’
      • ‘Since Plato, many philosophers have sought to make a sharp distinction between reason and emotion.’
      • ‘It is a Water sign, and as such is connected to the world of emotion and the instincts.’
      • ‘With knowledge comes realisation and emotion, not always happy, but always positive.’
      • ‘Also, would you care to explain why logical rational thought is more valid than emotion and intuition?’
      • ‘I think all my books are embarrassingly awash with sentimentality and emotion.’
      • ‘Romance calls for passion and usually an outpouring of emotion and sentiment.’
      • ‘The path down is usually the feminine journey, which brings us to emotion, instinct and intuition.’
      • ‘The fast footwork, rhythmic clapping and haunting singing radiate an atmosphere of passion and raw emotion.’
      • ‘Women opt for romance, emotion and tears; men favour blood, crime and technology.’
      • ‘Public displays of emotion, aggression and anxiety are an accepted form of behaviour.’
      • ‘We act irresponsibly if we ignore the way in which emotion can drive reason from the field.’
      • ‘This fake show of emotion is embarrassing and entirely unjustified.’
      • ‘The death penalty is like human sacrifice in that it is not based on reason, but on emotion.’
      • ‘Reason and emotion can thus be seen as two complementary systems in the human brain for making decisions.’
      • ‘Life today is guided not by logic and reason but rather by emotion, fear and sentimentality.’
      • ‘It addresses the audience by distracting its reason and arousing its emotion.’
      • ‘As he spoke for those two hypnotic hours, he appealed not to my emotion, but to reason.’
      • ‘Many actors play down the intellectual side of their work, and talk instead about operating on emotion and instinct.’
      • ‘An action that springs from desire, emotion, or interest is therefore heteronomous.’
      • ‘I wish people would stop mistaking sentimentality for serious emotion.’
      • ‘The world cannot tolerate these old claims, most times based on sheer hysteria and emotion.’
      instinct, intuition, gut feeling, inclination
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Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting a public disturbance): from French émotion, from émouvoir excite, based on Latin emovere, from e- (variant of ex-) out + movere move. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation

emotion

/ɪˈməʊʃ(ə)n/