Date: 12th century
(1) the one of the basic physical senses of which the skin contains the chief end organs and of which the sensations of touch and temperature are characteristic ; touch
(2) a sensation experienced through this sense
b. generalized bodily consciousness or sensation
c. appreciative or responsive awareness or recognition
a. an emotional state or reaction <a kindly feeling toward the boy> b. plural susceptibility to impression ; sensitivity <the remark hurt her feelings> 3. a. the undifferentiated background of one's awareness considered apart from any identifiable sensation, perception, or thought b. the overall quality of one's awareness c. conscious recognition ; sense 4. a. often unreasoned opinion or belief ; sentiment b. presentiment 5. capacity to respond emotionally especially with the higher emotions 6. the character ascribed to something ; atmosphere 7. a. the quality of a work of art that conveys the emotion of the artist b. sympathetic aesthetic response 8. feel 4 Synonyms: feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it <the feelings that once moved me are gone>. emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling encompasses both positive and negative responses <the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence>. affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings <a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family>. sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea <her feminist sentiments are well known>. passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion <revenge became his ruling passion>. II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. sentient, sensitive b. easily moved emotionally 2. obsolete deeply felt 3. expressing emotion or sensitivity • feelingly adverb • feelingness noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.