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General words used to describe emotions

acutely

adverb

used for emphasizing that a feeling, often an unpleasant one, is very strong

affective

adjective

relating to the emotions or to someone’s moods

basic

adjective

basic feelings are the natural feelings that everyone has

bitter

adjective

involving very angry feelings

blind

adjective

a blind emotion or belief is so strong that you do not question it in any way, even if it is unreasonable

burning

adjective

felt extremely strongly

casual

adjective

not involving strong feelings or emotions

deep

adjective

a deep feeling or emotion is very strong

deep-rooted

adjective

a deep-rooted feeling, belief, idea etc is strong and you have had it for so long that it is difficult to change

deep-seated

adjective

deep-rooted

depth

noun

the great strength of a feeling

emotional

adjective

relating to feelings and the way that they affect your life

entrenched

adjective

entrenched attitudes or feelings have existed for a long time and are difficult to change

exquisite

adjective

felt in an extreme way

fierce

adjective

involving very strong feelings such as determination, anger, or hate

growing

adjective

a growing feeling or situation is starting to exist more often, and is becoming more important or serious

heartfelt

adjective

a heartfelt emotion, remark, or action is very sincere

hearty

adjective

hearty feelings are sincere and you feel them strongly

helpless

adjective

helpless laughter, tears etc are so strong that you cannot control them

ill-concealed

adjective

an ill-concealed feeling is one you do not hide well, so that other people can see how you feel

inexpressible

adjective

an inexpressible feeling is very strong and impossible to describe

infectious

adjective

feelings or ways of behaving that are infectious make other people feel the same or behave in the same way

mortal

adjective

used for emphasizing that a particular feeling is extremely strong

naked

adjective

naked emotions are very strong and can be clearly seen in someone’s expression

overpowering

adjective

an overpowering feeling is so strong that you cannot control it

overt

adjective

used about feelings and opinions that are expressed in a very open way

overwhelming

adjective

an overwhelming emotion is very strong, often so strong that you cannot think or behave normally

pent up

adjective

pent up emotions are strong feelings, for example anger, that you do not express so that they gradually become more difficult to control

personal

adjective

used about your own opinions or feelings

piercing

adjective

piercing feelings are very strong and usually unpleasant

primal

adjective

relating to something very basic, especially very basic needs or emotions

primeval

adjective

primeval feelings are natural and happen without thinking

profound

adjective

used about very strong feelings, especially negative ones

quiet

adjective

used about feelings that someone has but does not show or talk about

raw

adjective

a raw emotion or quality is strong and natural, but not controlled or developed

reluctant

adjective

used for describing a feeling that you have but you wish you did not have

repressed

adjective

used about people’s emotions

righteous

adjective

righteous feelings are caused by a belief that you are right to feel angry, for example because of something bad or wrong

sentimental

adjective

relating to emotions rather than reason

sharp

adjective

a sharp feeling is sudden and strong

skin-deep

adjective

a skin-deep quality or feeling is not as strong or important as it seems or as someone wants it to appear

sneaking

adjective

a sneaking feeling is one that you are not sure about or do not want to have

strong

adjective

firmly believed, or firmly felt

subconscious

adjective

relating to thoughts or feelings that you have but do not think about, or do not realize you have

tenacious

adjective

tenacious ideas, beliefs, or habits continue for a long time and are difficult to change

unconcealed

adjective

an unconcealed emotion is one that you do not try to hide

unconscious

adjective

an unconscious feeling or thought is one that you do not realize that you have

uncontrollable

adjective

an uncontrollable feeling is one that you cannot control or stop

undivided

adjective

not mixed with other feelings or intentions

uneasy

adjective

used about someone’s feelings or behaviour

unfeigned

adjective

an unfeigned emotion is real

ungovernable

adjective

an ungovernable feeling is very difficult to control

unreasoning

adjective

an unreasoning emotion is one that you feel very strongly without a good reason to feel that way

unrelenting

adjective

used about people’s actions or feelings

unshaken

adjective

unshaken feelings or beliefs remain strong despite disappointments

unstinting

adjective

used for emphasizing how strong someone’s feelings are

unstinting

adjective

used about things that people say and do

vehement

adjective

involving extremely strong feelings or beliefs

virulent

adjective

virulent feelings or actions are extremely strong and angry

visceral

adjective

relating to basic emotions that you feel strongly and automatically

volcanic

adjective

a volcanic feeling is very strong, sudden, and uncontrolled

weak

adjective

a weak feeling or attitude is one that you are not certain about, and might easily lose

emotionally

adverb

exquisitely

adverb

infectiously

adverb

infectiousness

noun

nakedly

adverb

nakedness

noun

overpoweringly

adverb

subconsciously

adverb

unconsciously

adverb

uncontrollably

adverb

vehemence

noun

vehemently

adverb

virulence

noun

virulently

adverb

I can’t tell you how/what

used for emphasizing that your feelings about something are very strong

mixed feelings/emotions

mixed feelings or emotions make you not certain how you feel about someone or something

up and down

sometimes happy and well and sometimes not

with all your heart (and soul)

used for emphasizing that a feeling is very strong

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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