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
  1. noun
    any strong feeling
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    CER, conditioned emotion, conditioned emotional response
    an emotional response that has been acquired by conditioning
    anger, bile, 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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