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Is there a noun that can be used to described an object or idea's ability to evoke emotion? I'm currently using 'inducer', but it feels a little off.

For example:

As a universal inducer of emotion, music is a potent cure for loneliness.

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  • deleting 'noun' request and leaving single word requests may generate more answers
    – lbf
    Mar 8, 2018 at 3:24
  • 'Prompter' of emotion.
    – Nigel J
    Mar 8, 2018 at 6:32
  • What's not to like about emotive?
    – Kris
    Mar 8, 2018 at 9:34

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Elicitor is an option. The definition fits your context.

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  • "trigger" is an in-word right now
    – Xanne
    Mar 8, 2018 at 10:34
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Is there a noun that can be used to described an object or idea's ability to evoke emotion?

You've asked for a word that covers ability to evoke emotion, but then in your example you include the word emotion, so it sounds like you just need a word for the ability to evoke? In this case source would work pretty well:

As a universal source of emotion, music is a potent cure for loneliness.

But if you wanted a word that covered the whole bit:

As a universal xxxxxxx, music is a potent cure for loneliness.

I can't think of a word that does all of that :-/ but if there is, I'd love to know it.

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