Definition of emotion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊʃn//
[countable, uncountable] Love
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a strong feeling such as love, fear or anger; the part of a person’s character that consists of feelings He lost control of his emotions. They expressed mixed emotions at the news. Emotions are running high (= people are feeling very excited, angry, etc.). The decision was based on emotion rather than rational thought. She showed no emotion at the verdict. Mary was overcome with emotion. See related entries: Love Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a public disturbance): from French émotion, from émouvoir ‘excite’, based on Latin emovere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + movere ‘move’. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent. CulturefeelingsBritish and American people are similar in many ways, but in expressing feelings they have little in common. Americans believe, at least in principle, that it is better to share what they think and feel. Relatives and friends are expected to say, ‘I love you’, ‘I care for you’, or ‘I'm glad to have a friend like you.’ When people are upset they cry, even in a public place. It is even considered good to show you are angry, to let it all out and say what you feel. Bottling it up inside (= hiding angry feelings) is thought only to make matters worse.In contrast to this is the traditional British reserve, a national tendency to avoid showing strong emotion of any kind. Many visitors to Britain think that because the British do not express their feelings easily they are cold and uncaring (= not sympathetic). Keeping a stiff upper lip, not showing or talking about your feelings, was formerly thought to be a sign of strong character, and people who revealed their feelings were thought to be weak or bad-mannered. This attitude is far less common today and people are now encouraged to show or talk about their feelings.Most British men, and some women, are embarrassed to be seen crying in public. People are also embarrassed when they see somebody crying, and do not know whether it is better to pretend they have not noticed or to try and comfort them. Women are more likely to respond than men and will put their arm round the person or touch their shoulder. Many people now show feelings of affection in public. People sometimes kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting and may greet or say goodbye to each other with a hug (= putting their arms round each other). Lovers hold hands in public, and sometimes embrace and kiss each other. Some British people are embarrassed about showing anger. If somebody starts to complain in public, e.g. about being kept waiting in a restaurant, people around them may pretend not to hear and avoid getting involved.When British people are part of a crowd they are less worried about expressing their emotions. Football crowds sing and they cheer when their side scores a goal. Players hug each other when they score. Even cricket supporters, who in the past had a reputation for being much quieter, cheer as well as giving the traditional polite applause.Extra examples Counselling can teach people to handle negative emotions such as fear and anger. Counsellors encourage victims of crime to confront their emotions. Drama can help children to express their emotions. Emotions are running high on the issue. Fear is a normal human emotion. He felt no emotion as she left. Her performance in the play covered the whole gamut of emotions. Her voice was choked with emotion. Releasing these emotions is part of the healing process. She could not cope with such public displays of emotion. She felt a sudden rush of emotion at the thought of seeing him again. She felt torn by conflicting emotions. She realized she was shaking all over with emotion. She spoke with deep emotion. The film captures the real emotion of this terrible event. The film has a surprising depth of emotion for a comedy. The nurse was handling his fragile emotions very carefully. The woman’s face showed no emotion. There wasn’t a hint of emotion in his eyes. Years of pent-up emotion came out as he sobbed. You could read his emotions by looking into his eyes. a moving performance full of raw emotion a speech that was charged with emotion an incident that has aroused strong emotions locally the emotions that we experience as children the heightened emotions which resulted from the terrorist attack
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