emotions Definition

  • 1a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others
  • 2instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge
  • 3mental state or reaction

Using emotions: Examples

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

  • Example

    She was overcome by emotion and burst into tears.

  • Example

    He was unable to control his emotions.

  • Example

    The speech was designed to appeal to the voters' emotions.

  • Example

    I have mixed emotions about leaving my job.

emotions Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for emotions

Idioms Using emotions

  • to feel both positive and negative emotions about something


    I have mixed emotions about leaving my hometown for college.

  • tug at someone's heartstrings

    to evoke strong emotions, especially sadness or sympathy


    The movie's ending was so touching that it tugged at everyone's heartstrings.

  • to reveal one's real character or intentions, especially when they are negative or unpleasant


    When the pressure was on, he showed his true colors and abandoned his team.

Phrases with emotions

  • 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 previous relationship.

  • 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.


Summary: emotions in Brief

Emotions [ɪˈməʊʃ(ə)nz] are natural states of mind that arise from circumstances, mood, or relationships. They can be instinctive or intuitive, and are often distinguished from reasoning or knowledge. Examples include 'She was overcome by emotion and burst into tears,' and 'I have mixed emotions about leaving my job.' Phrases like 'emotional intelligence' and 'emotional baggage' denote specific concepts, while idioms like 'tug at someone's heartstrings' and 'show one's true colors' convey emotional impact and character.