Definition of emotion in English:


Syllabification: e·mo·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈmōSH(ə)n


1A natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others: she was attempting to control her emotions his voice was low and shaky with emotion fear had become his dominant emotion
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  • She loves the fact that there is an intensity about holidays that can spark strong emotions.
  • It allows you to have strong emotions and opinions without any real risk to yourself.
  • There has been an attempt to defuse aggressive emotions and any desire for revenge.
feeling, sentiment;
reaction, response
passion, strength of feeling, warmth of feeling
1.1Instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge: responses have to be based on historical insight, not simply on emotion
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  • The path down is usually the feminine journey, which brings us to emotion, instinct and intuition.
  • Life today is guided not by logic and reason but rather by emotion, fear and sentimentality.
  • Since Plato, many philosophers have sought to make a sharp distinction between reason and emotion.
instinct, intuition, gut feeling;
sentiment, the heart


mid 16th century (denoting a public disturbance or commotion): from French émotion, from émouvoir 'excite', based on Latin emovere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + movere 'move'. The sense 'mental agitation' dates from the mid 17th century, the current general sense from the early 19th century.

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