Questions tagged [emotions]

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Is there a term like "antonym" but for words of opposite sentiment?

I like to play a game where I take a descriptive word with an emotional bias (i.e. describing something "good" or "bad") and I try to think of a word with roughly the same meaning ...
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What words describe the feeling of proving someone wrong?

I am looking for words to describe the feeling of when you prove someone wrong. For example Person A says person B can't do something. Out of spite Person B does said thing. Person B then feels____. ...
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Is there a noun for the emotion of feeling numbed by a sudden, massive change in one's life? [duplicate]

I have a character whose daily work relies immensely on her agility and mobility, and whose favourite passtime is running around and climbing the local terrain. I'll be writing a story arc very soon ...
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What is the word for wanting something bad to happen to make life exciting?

In a book I am writing, a girl wants to have PTSD or abuse so her life is exciting. Like, she wants to live in a book or TV show trope. What is the word for wanting a little kink in a boring life to ...
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What's the word for the emotion when someone's suspicion that another person made a bad decision is confirmed?

I'm a native English speaker, but I'm drawing a blank on how to describe this complicated exchange of situational emotions in words. Maybe someone can help. I'll just illustrate the situation with a ...
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Is there an emotion that encapsulates a mixture of disbelief, anger, and hatred?

For all the words I know, I can't seem to find the right word for this strange emotion. Some words I have tried come up short in one way or another. Confusion lacks the underlying hatred, annoyance ...
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Is utilitarian a negative descriptor?

I've mostly used and seen "utilitarian" in a negative sense: something that only exists for its function, and specifically for those functions. In other words, something that is single-...
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What word would an American child use instead of "disgruntled"? [closed]

If you have children, could you please show this image to them and ask them what word they'd use to describe the emotion the person in the image below? Young children don't really use the word '...
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Suitable idiom or an expression

I want to describe a feeling of guilt yet relief. An example would be that a classmate is feeling reassured for thinking that his rival's marks are not greater than his but also feeling guilty for ...
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What's the word for the sound, or the act of making the sound, we sometimes make when offended?

If someone offends someone, their immediate reaction is sometimes letting out a kind of unvoiced aspirated glottal plosive. I am not sure if that's the right term, but it feels plosive, aspirated and ...
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What is a word for someone who sees themself as ‘unlovable’?

I’m doing some character work and I was wondering if anyone could find a word that means ‘someone who feels unlovable’ or ‘believes themself unworthy of having their love returned’. I'm looking for ...
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What is a word for "the feeling of wanting something good for others"?

I'm looking for a word that is the inverse of envy, in which a person wants others to have something good that they don't have. The definition of envy from Lexico: A feeling of discontented or ...
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The quality of being apologetic

What is the word/noun for 'the quality of being apologetic'? Lexico definition of apologetic: adjective Expressing or showing regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure. ‘she was very ...
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What is the word to describe the sudden emotional shift from being motivated towards sorrow? [closed]

Here is the moment from a story: For the first time after several years, he laced up his shoes and stepped outside to start his run. However, the run turned to a walk as his thinking turned inward ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the subversion of a pleasant thing becoming a negative thing? [closed]

When something associated with positive emotions becomes associated with its opposite negative emotions, it often appears to embody these emotions more strongly than something that didn't have the ...
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Looking for a word to describe a very specific feeling of surprise

Recently, I had a very specific event take place (at 2AM, no less), at which time I was listening to a song (I Can't Help Myself by Four Tops) I'd just discovered. By doing this, in my head I linked ...
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Word for a persistent fear of something actually leading to it being true [duplicate]

I vaguely recall there being a term for this in psychology. You fear of something becoming true, and you persistently are afraid ... and this very activity of feeling somehow causes that something to ...
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What is a word for when you enjoy something, but wish you didn't. Or you don't want to enjoy something but you end up finding it funny anyway?

I need a word for this emotion and I can't think of one. Thoughts?
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Is Merriam-Webster wrong about sympathy and empathy?

According to Merriam-Webster: In general, 'sympathy' is when you share the feelings of another; 'empathy' is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them. This seems ...
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What is the best word to describe the feeling of being nervous, intimidated, excited etc which may be felt upon meeting a person you greatly admire? [duplicate]

Every time I've had the opportunity to meet a moviestar/rockstar who I idolize and imitate in every way (and call it influence), I always flub it up. Without fail. This is because I get so nervous and ...
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A word for feeling simultaneously anxious & calm

I'm searching for a word that means feeling both scared and relaxed at the same time. The reason why is because I'm looking for music that evokes particular emotions I can't describe. Here are some ...
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Is there a word for a solemn type of happiness, contentedness, or joy? [closed]

Consider someone who feels that the world is full of suffering, and they themselves have suffered much, but nonetheless they see the beauty in the world and derive happiness from that beauty. Is there ...
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Counterpart to Confidante: Word for Someone Crying out for Help

I'm seeking a word the opposite end of the conversation to a confidante. Somewhat like the opposite end of the conversation to a confessor and indeed any word used in this religious context as the ...
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The word that describes a feeling of confusion/second guessing

It's like the feeling you get when you have second thoughts or second guess yourself. Not really suspicious, but more with a self reflection/introspection tone. As I thought more about what she said, ...
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How does this deliberate use of grammar mistakes add to one's delivery? [closed]

I've come across this expression used by native English speakers multiple times and excuse me for my reference to the language 'He don't give a sh*t.' Some of them are actually or at least set as ...
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Can 'Alas' be used ironically in the following statement

Alas! Torm makes a polar voyage to explore the arctic Canada. Alas! Torm indeed makes the Voyage across Arctic Canada exploring the unexplored, and how does she do it? In style. Always in style!! -...
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Does it make sense to say "to be cross over something" with cross meaing annoyed?

We can say someone is mad/angry/annoyed over something. Can we use the same structure for the adjective "cross"?
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Precise word to describe this feeling

The word I'm looking for is probably a synonym of 'discouraged' or 'disheartened'. Context: You are working on some project, and it has been going smooth so far. Suddenly a problem or challenge ...
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I'm looking for a word or phrase that can describe something familiar, but not quite the same

I'm looking for something that can describe a sense of familiarity, unfamiliarity, nostalgia, and bittersweetness. I've considered deja vu, but it doesn't capture the nostalgia or bittersweetness. ...
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What's the difference between feeling nauseated and feeling detestable?

This page lists a range of emotions in a wheel: There are a number of nuances at the edges that I'm not quite clear on but one in particular stood out: When feeling "awful", what's the difference ...
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Word for when you do something just because someone told you not to

Example, imagine someone tells a bald person: "You would be a terrible hair stylist; you have no hair!" Even though this person (the bald one) isn't interested in hair-styling, they decide to become a ...
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Feeling of forcing oneself to do something

I'm looking for a word that captures that feeling of forcing oneself to do something that is not motivating anymore. Normally when one has motivation, it takes little to no effort to start doing it. ...
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Why is it hard to convey tone of speech through text? [closed]

People often say it is hard to convey emotions through text (phone text) and it is best to communicate serious matters face to face. Can I get some examples where a piece of text can have completely ...
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Are there terms for composite words that do not follow a logical etymological pattern?

For instance, we have two patterns for terms to describe sexual atteaction, one of which intersects a pattern for terms to describe a deep fondness for. Homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual follow ...
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What word or phrase can describe this abyssal void like emotion?

A certain emotion I felt when the internet refuses to connect for an hour with no traceable error messages: "Imagine all sound you heard started to damp down until only complete silence is heard, ...
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What is the difference between Disappointed and Disillusioned? [closed]

I am learning emotional vocabulary. I stuck a bit with two emotion terms, that in Russian refers to the same world. Can you help me to understand the difference between Disappointed and ...
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Is there a word to describe the feeling of being transfixed out of horror?

Could not find an existing duplicate question, but this may be due to not know how to describe the word/feeling! For example, given the following sentence: Francis could not look away from the ...
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Changing of emotions to deal with a given situation? [closed]

What do you call it when we change one feeling to another , more like channel it to something more applicable at that given at the time. Something like channeling anger to determiniation? Fear to ...
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Word for excited, non-sexual heavy breathing

I'm trying to describe a person taking deep excited breaths at seeing something they want with great desire. Panting doesn't really fit because it's too fast and doesn't convey the wanting sensation. ...
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Fake sympathy for a past event

What do you call it when you profess inauthentic sympathy for past behavior when that behavior has directly benefited you? Hypothetical Example: my family members from 175 years ago burned down some ...
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Word for "fear of being discovered"

What is a word that means "fear of being discovered"? Preferably a word but a phrase will also do just fine. In my case I want to use it like: He had constant fear that he would be discovered as ...
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A word for 'hiding strong emotions'

My partner is a very passionate, loving and caring person. He does however keep these emotions unexpressed, hidden, though not in a negative way and not to me. Is there a word that defines this? ...
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Is there a word for the feeling of having messed up? [closed]

How would you describe that burning emotion of having messed up? It's a mix of guilt and being deeply unsettled, together with crushing embarrassment. Examples; -When he realized he had given his ...
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What are alternatives or metaphors for the idiom of discovering a "gold mine"?

The context I am writing in is along the lines of: When we can identify and appreciate our emotions, we are able to carefully engage both emotion and cognition in the decision making process which ...
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What word or expression describes the attitude of "if I can't have it, nobody can"? [closed]

Is there a single English word, or a fixed phrase, to describe the attitude conveyed when someone destroys an object/opportunity for others simply because he/she cannot benefit from it? For example, ...
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Can a "feeling" be used as a synonym for an "emotion?"

When the context is clearly about the heart (not the body in general), are "feelings" the same as "emotions?" The only use I really care about is like this: It can help you if you are aware of the ...
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What word describes this (sort of bitter and exasperated) emotional state?

I'm looking for the word for the sort of bitterness and exasperation as excellently exhibited by Eric Birling of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls: When Eric works out that Sheila has informed ...
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Where can I get a list of all emotional words ranked?

I am looking for a list of all emotional words ranked in terms of emotive / emotional value. Where can I get it? Or any site which gives a rating of a word typed. Thank you!
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Single word meaning 'funny if it weren't so sad' [duplicate]

'Funny if it weren't so sad' is used to describe situations which are very sad, for example because of utter incompetence in a serious situation, so sad in fact that one goes on to say it could be ...
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What's that weird feeling I sometimes get in my stomach? [closed]

I can't really explain it but it's almost like my stomach feels tickly,but in a bad way,and kinda empty.I usually get it when I'm in public places(i.e. in class or out with friends) and it's like my ...
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