- The definition of an emotion is a mental state that is spontaneous and does not come from conscious effort.
An example of emotion is being full of joy.
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- strong feeling; excitement
- a state of consciousness having to do with the arousal of feelings, distinguished from other mental states, as cognition, volition, and awareness of physical sensation
- any specific feeling; any of various complex reactions with both mental and physical manifestations, as love, hate, fear, anger, etc.
Origin: French (prob. after motion) ; from émouvoir, to agitate, stir up ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exmovere, for Classical Latin emovere ; from e-, out plush movere, move
- emotionless adjective
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- A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, and love.
- A state of mental agitation or disturbance: spoke unsteadily in a voice that betrayed his emotion. See Synonyms at feeling.
- The part of the consciousness that involves feeling; sensibility: “The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect” (Isaac Bashevis Singer).
Origin: French émotion, from Old French, from esmovoir, to excite, from Vulgar Latin *exmovēre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
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