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feel·ing  audio  (flng) KEY 

    1. The sensation involving perception by touch.
    2. A sensation experienced through touch.
    3. A physical sensation: a feeling of warmth.
  1. An affective state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments, or desires: experienced a feeling of excitement.
  2. An awareness or impression: He had the feeling that he was being followed.
    1. An emotional state or disposition; an emotion: expressed deep feeling.
    2. A tender emotion; a fondness.
    1. Capacity to experience the higher emotions; sensitivity; sensibility: a man of feeling.
    2. feelings Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities: The child's feelings are easily hurt.
  3. Opinion based more on emotion than on reason; sentiment.
  4. A general impression conveyed by a person, place, or thing: The stuffy air gave one the feeling of being in a tomb.
    1. Appreciative regard or understanding: a feeling for propriety.
    2. Intuitive awareness or aptitude; a feel: has a feeling for language.
  1. Having the ability to react or feel emotionally; sentient; sensitive.
  2. Easily moved emotionally; sympathetic: a feeling heart.
  3. Expressive of sensibility or emotion: a feeling glance.


feeling, emotion, passion, sentiment

These nouns refer to complex and usually strong subjective human response. Although feeling and emotion 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.

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