An emotion is a human feeling. Examples of emotions are love, hatred, fear, anger, happiness, and sadness. The word "emotion" is often used for situations in which the feelings are very deep and involve sadness or anger.

  • There was a lot of emotion expressed at the funeral.
  • The man showed no emotion when he learned that his father had died.
  • Yolanda tried to control her emotions as she talked about someone who attacked her.
  • People who attended the meeting expressed a wide range of emotions when talking about their addictions to drugs and alcohol.
  • The members of the team tried to keep their emotions in check when they lost the championship. (keep emotions in check = control one’s feelings)

emotional fellow He’s quite an emotional fellow.

The word "emotional" is an adjective.

  • There was an emotional response at the community meeting.
  • Tim gets emotional when he thinks about his mother. (The verb "get" is often used with "emotional.")
  • I’m sorry, I don’t mean to get emotional, but this is difficult.
  • Vanessa got emotional at her friend’s wedding.

The word "emotionally" is an adverb:

  • The woman became emotionally unstable following the death of her cat.
  • When the man’s wife started to become emotionally abusive, he divorced her.
  • Dan tries not to get emotionally involved in his clients’ personal situations because it isn’t professional.

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March 8, 2019