feeling

A physical sensation is a feeling. When you sit on your foot so long that it falls asleep, you'll first have no feeling in it, and then you'll have a terrible "pins and needles" feeling.

An intuitive sense about something can also be called a feeling. Your bad feeling about the field trip is justified when another kid throws up on you while riding the roller coaster. A vague sense or belief can also be referred to as a feeling. In your town, there is a general feeling that the library should stay open on Sundays, but you should make up your own mind.

Primary Meanings of feeling

1.
n
a physical sensation that you experience
2.
n
the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
Full Definitions of feeling
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n a physical sensation that you experience

“he had a queasy feeling
“I had a strange feeling in my leg”
“he lost all feeling in his arm”
Types:
constriction, tightness
a tight feeling in some part of the body
Type of:
somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia
the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations

n the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin

“the surface had a greasy feeling
Synonyms:
tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch, touch sensation
Types:
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creepiness
an uneasy sensation as of insects creeping on your skin
cutaneous sensation, haptic sensation, skin sensation
a sensation localized on the skin
tickle
a cutaneous sensation often resulting from light stroking
itch, itchiness, itching
an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
topognosia, topognosis
recognition of the location of a stimulus on the skin
urtication
a sensation of having been stung by nettles
Type of:
perception
the process of perceiving

n the experiencing of affective and emotional states

“she had a feeling of euphoria”
“he had terrible feelings of guilt”
“I disliked him and the feeling was mutual”
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affect
the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
emotion
any strong feeling
thing
a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion
glow
a feeling of considerable warmth
faintness
a feeling of faintness and of being ready to swoon
soul, soulfulness
deep feeling or emotion
passion, passionateness
a strong feeling or emotion
sentiment
tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion
complex
(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
ambivalence, ambivalency
mixed feelings or emotions
apathy
an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
desire
the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
sex, sexual urge
all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses
pleasance, pleasure
a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
pain, painfulness
emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
pang, stab, twinge
a sudden sharp feeling
liking
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
dislike
a feeling of aversion or antipathy
gratitude
a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
ingratitude, ungratefulness
a lack of gratitude
unconcern
a feeling of lack of concern
shame
a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
pride, pridefulness
a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
humbleness, humility
a humble feeling
amazement, astonishment
the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
devastation
the feeling of being confounded or overwhelmed
expectation
the feeling that something is about to happen
levity
feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
gravity, solemnity
a solemn and dignified feeling
sensitiveness, sensitivity
sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
agitation
the feeling of being agitated; not calm
calmness
a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
bravery, fearlessness
feeling no fear
happiness
emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
sadness, unhappiness
emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
hope
the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
despair
the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well
affection, affectionateness, fondness, heart, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
a positive feeling of liking
humor, humour, mood, temper
a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
fellow feeling, sympathy
sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
enthusiasm
a feeling of excitement
dignity, self-regard, self-respect, self-worth
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
CER, conditioned emotion, conditioned emotional response
an emotional response that has been acquired by conditioning
infatuation
a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration
abandon, wildness
a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
ardor, ardour, fervency, fervidness, fervor, fervour, fire
feelings of great warmth and intensity
storminess
violent passion in speech or action
sentimentality
extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
razbliuto
the sentimental feeling you have about someone you once loved but no longer do
Oedipal complex, Oedipus complex
a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved
Electra complex
a complex of females; sexual attraction to the father
inferiority complex
a sense of personal inferiority arising from conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated
conflict
opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
emotionlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, indifference, phlegm, stolidity, unemotionality
apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
languor, lassitude, listlessness
a feeling of lack of interest or energy
ambition, aspiration, dream
a cherished desire
bloodlust
a desire for bloodshed
temptation
the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid
craving
an intense desire for some particular thing
want, wish, wishing
a specific feeling of desire
hungriness, longing, yearning
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
a desire for sexual intimacy
itch, urge
a strong restless desire
caprice, impulse, whim
a sudden desire
delectation, delight
a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction
enjoyment
the pleasure felt when having a good time
gusto, relish, zest, zestfulness
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
pleasantness
the feeling caused by agreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
comfort
a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
sexual pleasure
pleasure derived from sexual activities
growing pains
emotional distress arising during adolescence
unpleasantness
the feeling caused by disagreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
guilt pang
pangs of feeling guilty
mental anguish
sustained dull painful emotion
hurt, suffering
feelings of mental or physical pain
distress, hurt, suffering
psychological suffering
fancy, fondness, partiality
a predisposition to like something
captivation, enchantment, enthrallment, fascination
a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual
penchant, predilection, preference, taste
a strong liking
mysophilia
abnormal attraction to filth
inclination
that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking
friendliness
a feeling of liking for another person; enjoyment in their company
approval
a feeling of liking something or someone good
admiration, esteem
a feeling of delighted approval and liking
disinclination
that toward which you are inclined to feel dislike
Anglophobia
dislike (or fear) of Britain and British customs
unfriendliness
dislike experienced as an absence of friendliness
alienation, disaffection, estrangement
the feeling of being alienated from other people
antipathy, aversion, distaste
a feeling of intense dislike
disapproval
a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing
contempt, despite, disdain, scorn
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
disgust
strong feelings of dislike
creepy-crawlies
feelings of dislike and anxiety
scunner
a strong dislike
technophobia
dislike for new technology
appreciativeness, gratefulness, thankfulness
warm friendly feelings of gratitude
concern
a feeling of sympathy for someone or something
indifference
unbiased impartial unconcern
coldheartedness, hardheartedness, heartlessness
an absence of concern for the welfare of others
conscience
a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
self-disgust, self-hatred
shame resulting from strong dislike of yourself or your actions
embarrassment
the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
self-esteem, self-pride
a feeling of pride in yourself
ego, egotism, self-importance
an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanity
feelings of excessive pride
meekness, submission
the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness
self-depreciation
a feeling of being of little worth
admiration, wonder, wonderment
the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
surprise
the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
stupefaction
a feeling of stupefied astonishment
anticipation, expectancy
an expectation
gaiety, playfulness
a festive merry feeling
earnestness, seriousness, sincerity
an earnest and sincere feeling
oversensitiveness
sensitivity leading to easy irritation or upset
sensibility
refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
feelings
emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity)
unrest
a feeling of restless agitation
fidget, fidgetiness, restlessness
a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion
stewing
an extreme state of worry and agitation
stir
emotional agitation and excitement
tumult, turmoil
violent agitation
placidity, placidness
a feeling of calmness; a quiet and undisturbed feeling
coolness, imperturbability, imperturbableness
calm and unruffled self-assurance
quietness, quietude, tranquility, tranquillity
a state of peace and quiet
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
anxiety
a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
security
freedom from anxiety or fear
bonheur
(French) happiness and good humor
gladfulness, gladness, gladsomeness
experiencing joy and pleasure
joy, joyfulness, joyousness
the emotion of great happiness
gaiety, merriment
a gay feeling
rejoicing
a feeling of great happiness
belonging
happiness felt in a secure relationship
blitheness, cheerfulness
a feeling of spontaneous good spirits
contentment
happiness with one's situation in life
dolefulness
sadness caused by grief or affliction
heaviness
persisting sadness
melancholy
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
misery
a feeling of intense unhappiness
desolation, forlornness, loneliness
sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
tearfulness, weepiness
sadness expressed by weeping
sorrow
an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement
regret, rue, ruefulness, sorrow
sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
cheerlessness, uncheerfulness
a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness
depression
sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
dejectedness, dispiritedness, downheartedness, low-spiritedness, lowness
a feeling of low spirits
hopefulness
the feeling you have when you have hope
encouragement
the feeling of being encouraged
optimism
the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well
hopelessness
the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success
resignation, surrender
acceptance of despair
discouragement, disheartenment, dismay
the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
pessimism
the feeling that things will turn out badly
love
a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
attachment, fond regard
a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
protectiveness
a feeling of protective affection
regard, respect
a feeling of friendship and esteem
soft spot
a sentimental affection
hate, hatred
the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
antagonism
an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
peeve
an annoyed or irritated mood
sulk, sulkiness
a mood or display of sullen aloofness or withdrawal
amiability, good humor, good humour, good temper
a cheerful and agreeable mood
distemper, ill humor, ill humour
an angry and disagreeable mood
kind-heartedness, kindheartedness
sympathy arising from a kind heart
compassion, compassionateness
a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
commiseration, pathos, pity, ruth
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
compatibility
a feeling of sympathetic understanding
empathy
understanding and entering into another's feelings
avidity, avidness, eagerness, keenness
a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
exuberance
joyful enthusiasm
technophilia
enthusiasm for new technology
emotional state, spirit
the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
Type of:
state
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

“what are your feelings about the crisis?”
“I had a feeling that she was lying”
Synonyms:
belief, impression, notion, opinion
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presence
the impression that something is present
effect
an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
first blush
at the first glimpse or impression
hunch, intuition, suspicion
an impression that something might be the case
sound effect
an effect that imitates a sound called for in the script of a play
special effect
an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques (especially on film)
bosom, heart
the locus of feelings and intuitions
Type of:
idea, thought
the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

n an intuitive understanding of something

“he had a great feeling for music”
Synonyms:
intuitive feeling
Types:
sprachgefuhl
an intuitive feeling for the natural idiom of a language
Type of:
intuition
instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
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n the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

Synonyms:
feel, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone
Types:
Hollywood
a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
Zeitgeist
the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
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ambiance, ambience, atmosphere
a particular environment or surrounding influence

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