This woman expresses the emotion of joy.
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.
- 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 of emotionFrench (prob. after motion) from émouvoir, to agitate, stir up from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exmovere, for Classical Latin emovere from e-, out + movere, move
- 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, and anger.
- Such mental states or the qualities that are associated with them, especially in contrast to reason: a decision based on emotion rather than logic.
Origin of emotionFrench 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.