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Sudden instances of a particular emotion - thesaurus

Synonyms

fit

noun

a sudden strong emotion that you cannot control

impulse

noun

a sudden strong feeling that you must do something

surge

noun

a sudden increase in the strength of a feeling

flush

noun

a sudden strong feeling

spasm

noun

a sudden strong feeling, usually an unpleasant one

flash

noun

a sudden instance of a particular emotion

spurt

noun

a sudden short period when you feel an emotion strongly

rush

noun

a sudden strong emotion

twinge

noun

a sudden short feeling of emotion, especially an unpleasant one

outburst

noun

a sudden spoken expression of a strong feeling, especially anger

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a bubble of something

a feeling that suddenly affects you

attack

noun

the beginning of a strong feeling or need, or the period during which you have it

a wash of something

a sudden strong feeling

bout

noun

a short period when you are ill or you feel unhappy

burst

noun

a sudden strong emotion that you feel for a short time

dart

noun

literary a sudden, quick, and usually short feeling of fear, anger etc

effusion

noun

mainly literary an act of expressing feelings in an extremely enthusiastic way

explosion

noun

a sudden violent expression of a strong emotion

flame

noun

literary a sudden strong feeling

flicker

noun

mainly literary an experience of an emotion that is weak, or that lasts a very short time

flurry

noun

a short period of activity or emotion

frisson

noun

a sudden strong feeling of excitement, fear, or pleasure

groundswell

noun

a sudden increase in people’s feelings about something

gush

noun

a strong sudden feeling

gust

noun

a sudden strong feeling or expression of emotion

hissy fit

noun

informal an occasion when someone suddenly behaves in a very angry and unreasonable way

impulsion

noun

formal a sudden strong feeling that you must do something

jolt

noun

a sudden strong feeling that does not last long, especially one of surprise or fear

lurch

noun

a sudden feeling of being excited or upset

pang

noun

a very strong, sudden, and unpleasant pain or emotion

paroxysm

noun

formal a sudden uncontrolled expression of emotion

pulse

noun

mainly literary a sudden strong feeling that affects you for a short time

ripple

noun

an emotion that spreads gradually through a person or a group of people

spark

noun

a short feeling or expression of something

stab

noun

a sudden feeling of a negative emotion

stir

noun

a slight feeling

tantrum

noun

an occasion when someone suddenly behaves in a very angry and unreasonable way, often screaming, crying, or refusing to obey someone. This word is usually used about children

thrill

noun

a sudden feeling of being very excited and pleased

tremor

noun

a sudden feeling of excitement or fear

trip

noun

an occasion when you experience a strong emotion

wave

noun

a sudden strong feeling or emotion that a person or group of people has

white heat

noun

mainly literary a state of strong emotion or a lot of activity

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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