- 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.
This woman expresses the emotion 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 meu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.