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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
e•mo•tion /ɪˈmoʊʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
e•mo•tion•al•ly, adv. See -mot-.
- any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.:[countable]War produces strong emotions.
(i mō′shə nl),USA pronunciation adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions.
- subject to or easily affected by emotion:We are an emotional family, given to demonstrations of affection.
- appealing to the emotions:an emotional request for contributions.
- showing or revealing very strong emotions:an emotional scene in a play.
- actuated, effected, or determined by emotion rather than reason:An emotional decision is often a wrong decision.
- governed by emotion:He is in a highly emotional state of mind.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . temperamental, effusive, demonstrative, sentimental.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . undemonstrative, unsentimental, inexpressive.
(i mō′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.
- any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
- any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.
- an instance of this.
- something that causes such a reaction:the powerful emotion of a great symphony.
- Vulgar Latin *exmovēre, for Latin ēmovēre; see e-, move, motion
- Middle French esmotion, derived on the model of movoir: motion, from esmovoir to set in motion, move the feelings
- apparently 1570–80
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See feeling.
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emotional /ɪˈməʊʃənəl/ adj
- of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion
- readily or excessively affected by emotion
- appealing to or arousing emotion: an emotional piece of music
- caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reason: an emotional argument