Borrowed from Middle French emotion (modern French émotion), from émouvoir (“excite”), based on Latin ēmōtus, past participle of ēmoveō (“to move out, move away, remove, stir up, irritate”), from ē- (“out”) (variant of ex-), and moveō (“move”).
- (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /ɪˈmoʊʃən/, /iˈmoʊʃən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈməʊʃən/
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- Rhymes: -əʊʃən
emotion (countable and uncountable, plural emotions)
- (obsolete) Movement; agitation. [16th–18th c.]
- 1758, “Observations on a slight Earthquake”, in Philosophical Transactions, volume L, page 246:
- and the water continuing in the caverns […] caused the emotion or earthquake
- A person's internal state of being and involuntary physiological response to an object or a situation, based on or tied to physical state and sensory data.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […] , the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
- A reaction by a non-human organism with behavioral and physiological elements similar to a person's response.
person's internal state of being