An emotion is a strong feeling, like the emotion you feel when you see your best friend at the movies with a group of people who cause trouble for you.

The word emotion comes from the Middle French word émotion, which means "a (social) moving, stirring, agitation." We feel many different emotions every day, like love, fear, joy and sadness — just to name a few. On its own, emotion means "the expression of feeling," like a musician who plays with great emotion, or an actor whose face conveys emotions, even when he or she is just standing quietly on the stage.

Definitions of emotion

n any strong feeling

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CER, conditioned emotion, conditioned emotional response
an emotional response that has been acquired by conditioning
anger, choler, ire
a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
awe, fear, reverence, veneration
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
joy, joyfulness, joyousness
the emotion of great happiness
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
hate, hatred
the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
emotional state, spirit
the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
adoration, worship
a feeling of profound love and admiration
abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, loathing, odium
hate coupled with disgust
discomfiture, discomposure, disconcertion, disconcertment
anxious embarrassment
fury, madness, rage
a feeling of intense anger
enragement, infuriation
a feeling of intense anger
offence, offense, umbrage
a feeling of anger caused by being offended
indignation, outrage
a feeling of righteous anger
a passing state of anger and resentment
dander, hackles
a feeling of anger and animosity
bad temper, ill temper
a persisting angry mood
annoyance, chafe, vexation
anger produced by some annoying irritation
alarm, consternation, dismay
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
a feeling of fear and revulsion
chill, frisson, quiver, shiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
intense and profound fear
excessive or uncontrollable fear
affright, panic, terror
an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
panic attack, scare
a sudden attack of fear
stage fright
fear that affects a person about to face an audience
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation
timidity, timidness, timorousness
fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
trouble, worry
a strong feeling of anxiety
care, concern, fear
an anxious feeling
anxiousness, disquiet
a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments
the anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure
disquietude, edginess, inquietude, uneasiness
feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable
sinking, sinking feeling
a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension
misgiving, qualm, scruple
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
jitteriness, jumpiness, nervousness, restiveness
the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters
an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom
elation, high spirits, lightness
a feeling of joy and pride
exultation, jubilance, jubilancy, jubilation
a feeling of extreme joy
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
agape, agape love
selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
(Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind
filial love
the love of a child for a parent
ardor, ardour
intense feeling of love
amorousness, enamoredness
a feeling of love or fondness
calf love, crush, infatuation, puppy love
temporary love of an adolescent
devotedness, devotion
feelings of ardent love
disposition to do good
your deepest feelings of love and compassion
caring, lovingness
a loving feeling
feelings of allegiance
hatred of mankind
hatred of marriage
misogynism, misogyny
hatred of women
hatred of reasoning
hatred of change or innovation
hatred of children
a bloodthirsty hatred arousing murderous impulses
despisal, despising
a feeling of scornful hatred
enmity, hostility, ill will
the feeling of a hostile person
malevolence, malignity
wishing evil to others
joyful enthusiasm
the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)
ecstasy, exaltation, rapture, raptus, transport
a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
gratification, satisfaction
state of being gratified or satisfied
felicity, happiness
state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
a state of depression or agitation
state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief
hatred of men
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the experiencing of affective and emotional states

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