Is there one word that encapsulates the degree to which something is exciting, for example on a spectrum of:

Calm |------------|------------| Thrilling

I've come up with a few possible words, but none of them seem to quite fit, for instance: "temperament", "emotion", "feeling".

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    M-W adds a broadened definition of 'temperature': _ relative state of emotional warmth_, but there are various different emotions, and calm ... ... ... seething is the usual continuum involved. Apr 23, 2020 at 18:25
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    What is the context for requiring a single word? (Are you trying to find something that fits into a list of other single words thematically?) Apr 23, 2020 at 18:30
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    In that case, at least as single words in a list, excitement is of the same type of grammatical form as physicality. You can add degree of in front of both—or neither. If you use them in the context of a sentence, however, things could become different: What is your physicality? sounds mostly okay, but What is your excitement? does not. But that depends on the sentence. Apr 23, 2020 at 18:50
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    Excitedness doesn't quite work based on dictionary definitions, e.g., M-W, but to my ear it opens up the possibility of different levels of excitement compared to excitement by itself. Apr 23, 2020 at 19:38
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    When you say physicality or strain and you have a zero to ten scale, do you also have words on that scale, like you have suggested that you do on the "temperament" scale? Or is the "temperament" scale also zero to ten? Apr 23, 2020 at 19:44

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Degree of excitement is the most precise way to put it. However, in psychology research [1], when measuring excitement quantitatively on a scale, the terms excitement and arousal can be used to label that type of measurement.

If that does not fit your purpose, and you still need a "single-word" label (perhaps for word count purposes), you could use excitement-level, but this is a bit sneaky.

Source: Spielberger, C. (2004). Encyclopedia of applied psychology. Academic press.

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