n) KEY NOUN:
- A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, and love.
- A state of mental agitation or disturbance: spoke unsteadily in a voice that betrayed his emotion. See Synonyms at feeling.
- The part of the consciousness that involves feeling; sensibility: "The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect" (Isaac Bashevis Singer).
, from Old French, from esmovoir
, to excite
, from Vulgar Latin *exmovre
: Latin ex-
+ Latin movre
, to move
; see meu-
in Indo-European roots