Definition of emotional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈməʊʃ(ə)n(ə)l/


1Relating to a person’s emotions: gaining emotional support from relatives
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  • He urged the justices not to lock her up as he felt that she needed help in overcoming her emotional difficulties to stop her offending.
  • Or maybe they have given them emotional support during a difficult period in their life.
  • Relationships need your presence along with emotional and physical support.
spiritual, inner, psychic, psychological, of the heart
1.1Arousing or characterized by intense feeling: an emotional speech
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  • Taking it can be an intense emotional experience, one that you may not be prepared for.
  • There are things he made me do in the film, very intense emotional work, that I didn't know I was capable of.
  • It was definitely intense and emotional at times, but that's just part of recording.
poignant, moving, touching, affecting, powerful, stirring, emotive, heart-rending, heartbreaking, heart-warming, soul-stirring, uplifting, impassioned, dramatic;
harrowing, tragic, haunting, pathetic;
sentimental, over-sentimental, mawkish, cloying, sugary, syrupy, saccharine, lachrymose
informal tear-jerking, soppy, mushy, schmaltzy, weepy, cutesy, lovey-dovey, gooey, drippy
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky
emotive, sensitive, delicate, difficult, problematic;
controversial, contentious, subjective
1.2(Of a person) having feelings that are easily excited and openly displayed: he was a strongly emotional young man
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  • He was a passionate and emotional man always yearning to uncover and reveal the mystery of the world he lived in.
  • He speaks simply, he's a very emotional man, and he shows a lot of passion in what he says.
  • As happens with emotional people, her voice filled with desperation.
passionate, feeling, hot-blooded, warm, ardent, fervent, excitable, temperamental, melodramatic, tempestuous, overcharged, responsive;
demonstrative, tender, loving, sentimental, sensitive



Pronunciation: /ɪˈməʊʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • In spite of their lack of words, his images have a strong political charge and sensitive emotionalism depicted through intense graphic design.
  • As already indicated, the intense emotionalism about the liberal moment was suggestive of novelty - the appearance of a new dawn.
  • Sometimes, you think, we are becoming soft, far more ready to give way to sloppy self-indulgent emotionalism than our parents and grandparents were.


noun& adjective
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  • And the heroes of these films are nearly always pragmatists, the middle ground between the emotionalists and cold rationalists around them.
  • And this is far more moving than a conventionally emotionalist narrative.
  • Absence of such understanding led in the past to the intensely emotionalist approach which set the vague notion of ‘feeling’ as an arbiter.


Pronunciation: /ɪməʊʃ(ə)ˈnalɪti/
Example sentences
  • Sorting out what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable emotionality is a highly charged, and often highly personal, endeavor.
  • Poetry, for her, is an eloquent language that best expresses emotionality, sensuality and ethereal moments.
  • Her qualities were valued but her emotionality surprised the team.


(also emotionalise) verb
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  • ‘Gay marriage, as a term, emotionalises the whole issue,’ he said.
  • Just as before, Levin tries to intellectualize the situation, while Kitty only knows how to ‘emotionalize’ it.
  • I was also annoyed at the media for its rampant simplification and emotionalising of the issues.

Words that rhyme with emotional

devotional, notional, promotional

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Line breaks: emo|tion¦al

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