Emotion etymology


English word emotion comes from Latin emovere (move out, agitate), and later Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) esmouvoir (stir up)

Etymology of emotion

Detailed word origin of emotion

Dictionary entry Language Definition
e Latin (lat) out
movere Latin (lat) move
emovere Latin (lat) move out, agitate
esmovoir Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (transitive) to move (cause emotion). (transitive) to move (cause to move).
esmouvoir Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) To move (cause emotion).
esmotion Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Emotion; feeling.
Ă©motion French (fr) Emotion.
emotion English (en) A person's internal state of being and involuntary physiological response to an object or a situation, based on or tied to physical state and sensory data.. A reaction by a non-human organism with behavioral and physiological elements similar to a person's response.