1. any strong feeling
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Emotion \E*mo"tion\, n. [L. emovere, emotum, to remove, shake,
stir up; e out + movere to move: cf. F. ['e]motion. See
Move, and cf. Emmove.]
A moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings,
whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or agitation of mind
caused by a specific exciting cause and manifested by some
sensible effect on the body.
How different the emotions between departure and
return! --W. Irving.
Some vague emotion of delight. --Tennyson.
Syn: Feeling; agitation; tremor; trepidation; perturbation;
Usage: Emotion, Feeling, Agitation. Feeling is the
weaker term, and may be of the body or the mind.
Emotion is of the mind alone, being the excited action
of some inward susceptibility or feeling; as, an
emotion of pity, terror, etc. Agitation may be bodily
or mental, and usually arises in the latter case from
a vehement struggle between contending desires or
emotions. See Passion. "Agitations have but one
character, viz., that of violence; emotions vary with
the objects that awaken them. There are emotions
either of tenderness or anger, either gentle or
strong, either painful or pleasing." --Crabb.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any strong feeling
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "emotion":
a high, affect, affection, affectivity, arousal, attitude,
emotional charge, emotional shade, emotivity, excitability,
excitedness, excitement, exhilaration, experience, feeling,
feeling tone, foreboding, gut reaction, heartthrob, impression,
manic state, mental attitude, opinion, passion, position, posture,
presentiment, profound sense, psychology, reaction, response,
responsiveness, sensation, sense, sensibility, sensitiveness,
sensitivity, sentiment, stance, stimulation, susceptibilities,
undercurrent, way of thinking
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
EMOTION, n. A prostrating disease caused by a determination of the
heart to the head. It is sometimes accompanied by a copious discharge
of hydrated chloride of sodium from the eyes.