Definitions for: Emotion


[n] any strong feeling



Webster (1913) Definition: E*mo"tion, n. [L. emovere, emotum, to remove, shake,
stir up; e out + movere to move: cf. F. ['e]motion. See
Move, and cf. Emmove.]
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.

How different the emotions between departure and
return! --W. Irving.

Some vague emotion of delight. --Tennyson.

Syn: Feeling; agitation; tremor; trepidation; perturbation;
passion; excitement.

Usage: Emotion, Feeling, Agitation. Feeling is the
weaker term, and may be of the body or the mind.
Emotion is of the mind alone, being the excited action
of some inward susceptibility or feeling; as, an
emotion of pity, terror, etc. Agitation may the bodily
or mental, and usually arises in the latter case from
a vehement struggle between contending desires or
emotions. See Passion. ``Agitations have but one
character, viz., that of violence; emotions vary with
the objects that awaken them. There are emotions
either of tenderness or anger, either gentle or
strong, either painful or pleasing.'' --Crabb.

See Also: anger, anxiety, CER, choler, conditioned emotion, conditioned emotional response, emotional state, fear, fearfulness, feeling, fright, hate, hatred, ire, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, love, spirit

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