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EMOTIONAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does emotional mean? 

EMOTIONAL (adjective)
  The adjective EMOTIONAL has 5 senses:

1. determined or actuated by emotion rather than reason
2. of more than usual emotion
3. of or pertaining to emotion
4. extravagantly demonstrative
5. (of persons) excessively affected by emotion

  Familiarity information: EMOTIONAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMOTIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1emotional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determined or actuated by emotion rather than reason

Context example:

it was an emotional judgment

Antonym:

cerebral (involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct)


Sense 2emotional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of more than usual emotion

Context example:

his behavior was highly emotional

Similar:

little (small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context))

lyric; lyrical (expressing deep personal emotion)

mind-blowing (intensely affecting the mind or emotions)

moody; temperamental (subject to sharply varying moods)

overemotional; sloppy (excessively or abnormally emotional)

soulful (full of or expressing deep emotion)

warm-toned (used of music)

Latin (having or resembling the psychology or temper characteristic of people of Latin America)

hot-blooded (prone to emotion)

affectional; affective; emotive (characterized by emotion)

bathetic; drippy; hokey; maudlin; mawkish; mushy; schmaltzy; schmalzy; sentimental; slushy; soppy; soupy (effusively or insincerely emotional)

cathartic; releasing (emotionally purging (of e.g. art))

charged; supercharged (fraught with great emotion)

funky; low-down ((of jazz) having the soulful feeling of early blues)

het up (worked up emotionally by anger or excitement)

Also:

affected; moved; stirred; touched (being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion)

moving (arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion)

passionate (having or expressing strong emotions)

warm (psychologically warm; friendly and responsive)

Attribute:

emotionalism; emotionality (emotional nature or quality)

Antonym:

unemotional (unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion)


Sense 3emotional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to emotion

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

emotional health / an emotional crisis

Pertainym:

emotion (any strong feeling)


Sense 4emotional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extravagantly demonstrative

Synonyms:

gushy; effusive; gushing; emotional

Context examples:

insincere and effusive demonstrations of sentimental friendship / a large gushing female / write unrestrained and gushy poetry

Similar:

demonstrative (given to or marked by the open expression of emotion)


Sense 5emotional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons) excessively affected by emotion

Synonyms:

worked up; excited; emotional; aroused

Context examples:

he would become emotional over nothing at all / she was worked up about all the noise

Similar:

agitated (troubled emotionally and usually deeply)


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