I wanted to use "emote" to praise an actor. But when I looked it up, emote has one positive definition while all others are negative. Synonyms include "overacted" "ham it up" "exaggerate" "overact" etc. What word can I use that means "this actor conveys emotion while acting" or "this actor can convey strong emotions while acting" in a good way? For example, "This actor _____ while acting".

  • I didn't think emote had a positive or negative connotation. Care to link where you got those definitions from?
    – Keeleon
    Dec 15, 2015 at 19:01
  • From the help center, for single-word-requests: "show users how this single word fits in a sentence" and "Questions that show no research are likely to be closed." Please provide a sentence with a blank where the word you want would go. Your question does show research: it looks as if wordhippo might've been your source for the synonyms, so it's also a good idea to link that source.
    – JEL
    Dec 15, 2015 at 21:29
  • "show users how this single word fits in a sentence" I don't know what word to use. "this actor conveys emotion while acting" or "this actor can convey strong emotions while acting" isn't enough?
    – Pep
    Dec 15, 2015 at 23:31
  • Sorry for the late reply Keeleon, here you go: dictionary.reference.com/browse/emote thesaurus.com/browse/emote thefreedictionary.com/emote
    – Pep
    Dec 15, 2015 at 23:35
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    I suppose what the help center refers to is a sentence with underscores or something like that: "this actor _____ while acting". The idea is to supply a notion of how you will use the word in a real sentence, rather than just supplying a description. In your case, it's not clear whether you want a word for "conveys emotion", "conveys strong emotion", "conveys emotion while acting", or "this actor conveys emotion while acting".
    – JEL
    Dec 16, 2015 at 7:49

2 Answers 2


Keep it simple. I think you need to add an adverb to the brief phrase you used in your question; e. g.,

"This actor brilliantly conveys emotion."

(Or use any other adverb that accurately conveys the spirit of what you perceive in his or her work.)

  • You could say he or *she
    – the_prole
    Dec 17, 2015 at 5:03
  • @the_prole- What? :-) Dec 17, 2015 at 6:50


Synonyms from wiktionary:

inventive, creative, imaginative, original, innovative, pioneering, resourceful, enterprising, inspired;

clever, intelligent, smart, brilliant, masterly, talented, gifted, skillful;

astute, sharp-witted, quick-witted, shrewd;

elaborate, sophisticated.

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