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From French émotion, from émouvoir (“excite”) based on Latin ēmōtus, past participle of ēmoveō (“to move out, move away, remove, stir up, agitate”), 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
- 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. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- 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