- 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.
emotion definition by Webster's New World
- 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
emotion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
emotion - Medical Definition
- emotional adjective
emotion - Science Definition