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 for Emotion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Emotion \E*mo"tion\, n. [L. emovere, emotum, to remove, shake,
     stir up; e out + movere to move: cf. F. ['e]motion. See
     Move, and cf. Emmove.]
     A moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings,
     whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or agitation of mind
     caused by a specific exciting cause and manifested by some
     sensible effect on the body.
     [1913 Webster]
           How different the emotions between departure and
           return!                                  --W. Irving.
     [1913 Webster]
           Some vague emotion of delight.           --Tennyson.
     Syn: Feeling; agitation; tremor; trepidation; perturbation;
          passion; excitement.
     Usage: Emotion, Feeling, Agitation. Feeling is the
            weaker term, and may be of the body or the mind.
            Emotion is of the mind alone, being the excited action
            of some inward susceptibility or feeling; as, an
            emotion of pity, terror, etc. Agitation may be bodily
            or mental, and usually arises in the latter case from
            a vehement struggle between contending desires or
            emotions. See Passion. "Agitations have but one
            character, viz., that of violence; emotions vary with
            the objects that awaken them. There are emotions
            either of tenderness or anger, either gentle or
            strong, either painful or pleasing." --Crabb.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any strong feeling

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "emotion":
     a high, affect, affection, affectivity, arousal, attitude,
     emotional charge, emotional shade, emotivity, excitability,
     excitedness, excitement, exhilaration, experience, feeling,
     feeling tone, foreboding, gut reaction, heartthrob, impression,
     manic state, mental attitude, opinion, passion, position, posture,
     presentiment, profound sense, psychology, reaction, response,
     responsiveness, sensation, sense, sensibility, sensitiveness,
     sensitivity, sentiment, stance, stimulation, susceptibilities,
     undercurrent, way of thinking

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  EMOTION, n.  A prostrating disease caused by a determination of the
  heart to the head.  It is sometimes accompanied by a copious discharge
  of hydrated chloride of sodium from the eyes.

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