emotion

\ \ [16] The semantic notion underlying emotion – of applying ‘physical movement’ metaphorically to ‘strong feeling’ – is an ancient one: Latin used the phrase mōtus animā, literally ‘movement of the spirit’, in this sense. Emotion itself is a post-classical Latin formation; it comes ultimately from Vulgar Latin *exmovēre, literally ‘move out’, hence ‘excite’, a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and movēremove’ (source of English move). In French this became émouvoir, and English borrowed its derived noun émotion, but at first used it only in the literal sense ‘moving, agitation’ (‘The waters continuing in the caverns … caused the emotion or earthquake’, Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society 1758) and the metaphorically extended ‘political agitation or disturbance’ (a sense now preserved only in émeute [19], another derivative of French émouvoir). It was not until the late 17th century that the sense ‘strong feeling’ really came to the fore. The back-formation emote is a 20th-century phenomenon, of US origin.
\ \ Cf.ÉMEUTE, MOVE

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  • Emotion — Emotion …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • ÉMOTION — On peut définir l’émotion comme un trouble de l’adaptation des conduites. En délimitant une catégorie précise de faits psychologiques, cette définition exclut des acceptions trop vagues du mot «émotion», comme dans l’expression une «émotion… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Emotion — Émotion Psychologie Approches et courants Psychodynamique • Humanisme • …   Wikipédia en Français

  • émotion — ÉMOTION. subs. fém. Altération, trouble, mouvement excité dans les humeurs, dans les esprits, dans l âme. J ai peur d avoir la fièvre, j ai senti quelque émotion. Il n a plus la fièvre, mais je lui trouve encore quelque émotion, de l émotion. Il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Emotion — E*mo tion, n. [L. emovere, emotum, to remove, shake, stir up; e out + movere to move: cf. F. [ e]motion. See {Move}, and cf. {Emmove}.] A moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings, whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emotion — Sf Gefühl erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. émotion, einer Ableitung von frz. émouvoir bewegen, erregen (unter formaler Anlehnung an frz. motion Bewegung ), dieses aus l. ēmovēre herausbewegen, emporwühlen , zu l …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • emotion — UK US /ɪˈməʊʃən/ noun [C or U] MARKETING ► the feelings that someone has about a product or service that can influence their decision whether to buy it or not: »Detroit automakers used color to elicit emotion to sell cars. »Advertising… …   Financial and business terms

  • Emotion — нем. [эмоцио/н], англ. [имо/ушн] émotion фр. [эмосьо/н] emozione ит. [эмоцио/нэ/] эмоция, волнение, возбуждение …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • emotion — 1570s, a (social) moving, stirring, agitation, from M.Fr. émotion (16c.), from O.Fr. emouvoir stir up (12c.), from L. emovere move out, remove, agitate, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + movere to move (see MOVE (Cf. move)). Sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • Emotion — »Gefühl, Gemütsbewegung, seelische Erregung«: Das Fremdwort ist aus gleichbed. frz. émotion entlehnt. Das frz. Wort gehört zu émouvoir »bewegen, erregen«, das auf lat. emovere »herausbewegen, emporwühlen« (zu movere »bewegen«, vgl. ↑ Lokomotive)… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Emotĭon — (v. lat.). Gemüthsbewegung Rührung, Aufwallung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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