emotion Definition

  • 1a strong feeling deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others
  • 2instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge

Using emotion: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "emotion" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was overcome by emotion and burst into tears.

  • Example

    He expressed his emotions through his music.

  • Example

    The movie was full of emotion and left the audience in tears.

  • Example

    I try to keep my emotions under control when I'm at work.

emotion Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for emotion

Idioms Using emotion

  • wear one's heart on one's sleeve

    to openly and freely express one's emotions or feelings


    He always wears his heart on his sleeve, which makes him vulnerable to criticism.

  • get emotional

    to become overwhelmed by one's emotions, often leading to tears or outbursts


    She got emotional when she heard the news of her friend's passing.

  • emotional rollercoaster

    a situation or experience that involves intense and fluctuating emotions


    The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for me, with both good and bad news coming my way.

Phrases with emotion

  • emotional intelligence

    the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically


    Emotional intelligence is a key factor in successful leadership.

  • emotional baggage

    negative emotions or experiences from past events that continue to affect a person's behavior or attitudes


    She has a lot of emotional baggage from her childhood that she needs to work through.

  • emotional support animal

    an animal that provides comfort and support to a person with a mental or emotional disability


    Her emotional support animal helps her manage her anxiety in public places.

Origins of emotion

from Old French 'emouvoir', meaning 'to stir up'


Summary: emotion in Brief

The term 'emotion' [ɪˈməʊʃ(ə)n] refers to strong feelings that arise from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships. It can be instinctive or intuitive, and is often distinguished from reasoning or knowledge. Examples include expressing emotions through music, keeping emotions under control at work, and being overcome by emotion. Phrases like 'emotional intelligence' and 'emotional baggage' extend the concept, while idioms like 'wear one's heart on one's sleeve' and 'emotional rollercoaster' illustrate its impact.

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