What does emotion mean?

Definitions for emotion
ɪˈmoʊ ʃənemo·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emotionnoun

    any strong feeling

Wiktionary

  1. emotionnoun

    A person's internal state of being and involuntary physiological response to an object or a situation, based on or tied to physical state and sensory data.

  2. emotionnoun

    A reaction by an non-human organism with behavioral and physiological elements similar to a person's response.

  3. Etymology: From émotion, from émouvoir based on Latin emotus, past participle of emovo, from e- (variant of ex-), and movo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Emotionnoun

    Disturbance of mind; vehemence of passion, or pleasing or painful.

    Etymology: emotion, French.

    I will appeal to any man, who has read this poet, whether he finds not the natural emotion of the same passion in himself, which the poet describes in his feigned persons? Dryden.

    Those rocks and oaks that such emotion felt,
    Were rural maids whom Orpheus taught to melt. George Granville.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emotionnoun

    a moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings, whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or agitation of mind caused by a specific exciting cause and manifested by some sensible effect on the body

Freebase

  1. Emotion

    In psychology, philosophy, and their many subsets, emotion is the generic term for subjective, conscious experience that is characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Emotion is often associated and considered reciprocally influential with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation, as well as influenced by hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin, oxytocin, cortisol and GABA. Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative. An alternative definition of emotion is a "positive or negative experience that is associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity." The physiology of emotion is closely linked to arousal of the nervous system with various states and strengths of arousal relating, apparently, to particular emotions. Although those acting primarily on emotion may seem as if they are not thinking, cognition is an important aspect of emotion, particularly the interpretation of events. For example, the experience of fear usually occurs in response to a threat. The cognition of danger and subsequent arousal of the nervous system is an integral component to the subsequent interpretation and labeling of that arousal as an emotional state. Emotion is also linked to behavioral tendency.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Emotion

    e-mō′shun, n. a moving of the feelings: agitation of mind: (phil.) one of the three groups of the phenomena of the mind.&mdasmdash;adj. Emō′tional.—n. Emō′tionalism, tendency to emotional excitement, the habit of working on the emotions, the indulgence of superficial emotion.—adv. Emō′tionally.—adjs. Emō′tionless; Emō′tive, pertaining to the emotions. [L. emotion-ememovēre, emōtum, to stir up—e, forth, movēre, to move.]

Editors Contribution

  1. emotion

    A feeling.

    Emotion comes in many forms e.g. joy, love, peace etc.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 27, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'emotion' in Nouns Frequency: #1253

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emotion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emotion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of emotion in a Sentence

  1. Eubie:

    Never trust anyone who wants what you've got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.

  2. R. A. Salvatore, Sojourn:

    Guilt resembles a sword with two edges. On the one hand, it cuts for Justice, imposing practical morality upon those who fear it. But there is another side to that weighted emotion. Conscience does not always adhere to rational judgment. Guilt is always a self-imposed burden, but it is not always rightly imposed.

  3. Mary Caroline Richards:

    It is part of our pedagogy to teach the operations of thinking, feeling, and willing so that they may be made conscious. For if we do not know the difference between an emotion and a thought, we will know very little. We need to understand the components (of emotions) at work... in order to free their hold.

  4. Kazunori Takishima:

    ( The) decision for banning spectators was made based on emotion rather than numbers, i think the European countries that held the soccer game made the right decision. I am really disappointed in the government and the Tokyo Tokyo Olympics organizing committee.

  5. Julie King:

    We know from our own experience that when we are overwhelmed with emotion we can't just snap out of it.

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