ng) KEY NOUN:
- The sensation involving perception by touch.
- A sensation experienced through touch.
- A physical sensation: a feeling of warmth.
- An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires: experienced a feeling of excitement.
- An awareness or impression: He had the feeling that he was being followed.
- An emotional state or disposition; an emotion: expressed deep feeling.
- A tender emotion; a fondness.
- Capacity to experience the higher emotions; sensitivity; sensibility: a man of feeling.
- feelings Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities: The child's feelings are easily hurt.
- Opinion based more on emotion than on reason; sentiment.
- A general impression conveyed by a person, place, or thing: The stuffy air gave one the feeling of being in a tomb.
- Appreciative regard or understanding: a feeling for propriety.
- Intuitive awareness or aptitude; a feel: has a feeling for language.
OTHER FORMS:feeling·ly(Adverb)SYNONYMS: feeling, emotion, passion, sentiment
- Having the ability to react or feel emotionally; sentient; sensitive.
- Easily moved emotionally; sympathetic: a feeling heart.
- Expressive of sensibility or emotion: a feeling glance.
These nouns refer to complex and usually strong subjective human response. Although feeling
are sometimes interchangeable, feeling
is the more general and neutral: "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity" (William Wordsworth). Emotion
often implies the presence of excitement or agitation: "Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion" (T.S. Eliot). Passion
is intense, compelling emotion: "They seemed like ungoverned children inflamed with the fiercest passions of men" (Francis Parkman). Sentiment
often applies to a thought or opinion arising from or influenced by emotion: We expressed our sentiments about the government's policies.
The word can also refer to delicate, sensitive, or higher or more refined feelings: "The mystic reverence, the religious allegiance, which are essential to a true monarchy, are imaginative sentiments that no legislature can manufacture in any people" (Walter Bagehot).
See also Synonyms at opinion