What does emotion mean?

Definitions for emotion
ɪˈmoʊ ʃənemo·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emotion(noun)

    any strong feeling

Wiktionary

  1. emotion(Noun)

    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.

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

  2. emotion(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emotion(noun)

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce emotion?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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How to say emotion in sign language?

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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. Andrew Marr:

    I would just have these bouts where I would be overcome with emotion and I couldn’t stop crying, I couldn’t control it.

  2. Drew Barrymore:

    I wanted to make this movie because it taps into an emotion that everyone can identify with -- the awkward moments of our high school years. For Josie Geller, high school was a horrible, humiliating experience.

  3. Grace Meng:

    I don't want to break their hearts, i'm very -- you know my heart, you know my emotion. They( Chinese authorities) like things under the table, in the dark room.

  4. Alex Walker:

    My wife doesn't disagree with me on my position on marriage. She said she was torn because we have some family members who have some very different views on that. She was torn just because the emotion on the family and because all of the media attention on that. Not because she was torn with me on the position.

  5. Nicole Amesbury:

    Don't mistake passion and purpose for demagoguery. I choose emotion over apathy. Being completely rational is overrated.

Images & Illustrations of emotion

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