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1 the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
2 a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying" [syn: impression, belief, notion, opinion]
3 the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason" [syn: spirit, tone, feel, flavor, flavour, look, smell]
4 a physical sensation that you experience; "he had a queasy feeling"; "I had a strange feeling in my leg"; "he lost all feeling in his arm"
5 the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin; "she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; "the surface had a greasy feeling" [syn: touch, touch sensation, tactual sensation, tactile sensation]
6 an intuitive understanding of something; "he had a great feeling for music" [syn: intuitive feeling]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Emotionally sensitive.
    Despite the rough voice, the coach is surprisingly feeling.



  1. Sensation, particularly through the skin.
    The wool on my arm produced a strange feeling.
  2. Emotion; impression.
    The house gave me a feeling of dread.
  3. italbrac always plural Emotional state or well-being.
    You really hurt my feelings when you said that.
  4. italbrac always plural Emotional attraction or desire.
    Many people still have feelings for their first love.
  5. Intuition.
    He has no feeling for what he can say to somebody in such a fragile emotional condition.


in plural: emotional state or well-being
in plural: emotional attraction or desire
Translations to be checked


  1. present participle of feel

Extensive Definition

Feeling in psychology is usually reserved for the conscious subjective experience of emotion. Phenomenology and heterophenomenology are philosophical approaches that provide some basis for knowledge of feelings. Many schools of psychotherapy depend on the therapist achieving some kind of understanding of the client's feelings, for which methodologies exist. Some theories of interpersonal relationships also have a role for shared feelings or understanding of another person's feelings.
Perception of the physical world does not necessarily result in a universal reaction among receivers (see emotions), but varies depending on one's tendency to handle the situation, how the situation relates to the receiver's past experiences, and any number of other factors. Feelings are also known as a state of consciousness, such as that resulting from emotions, sentiments or desires.

Gut feeling

A gut feeling, or gut reaction, is a visceral emotional reaction to something, and often one of uneasiness. Gut feelings are generally regarded as not modulated by conscious thought.
"Gut feeling" may also be used as a short-hand term for an individual's "common sense" perception of what is "the right thing to do", such as helping an injured passerby, avoiding dark alleys, and other seemingly instinctive feelings about a given situation. It can also refer to common knowledge that some phrases are true no matter when said, such as "The sky is blue," "Fire is hot," and even individual beliefs in quotation like "Allan loves wally more" and other such statements (which may or may not be true, but to the sayer are more true than anything).
Gut feelings, like all reflexive unconscious comparisons, can be re-programmed by practice or experiences.
feeling in Catalan: Sentiment
feeling in Czech: Cit
feeling in Estonian: Tundmus
feeling in Spanish: Sentimiento
feeling in French: Sentiment
feeling in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Sentimento
feeling in Italian: Sentimento
feeling in Hungarian: Érzelem
feeling in Macedonian: Чувство
feeling in Dutch: Tastzin
feeling in Norwegian: Følelser
feeling in Occitan (post 1500): Sentiment
feeling in Portuguese: Sentimento
feeling in Quechua: Kawllay
feeling in Russian: Чувство
feeling in Slovak: Cit
feeling in Serbian: Осећање
feeling in Swedish: Känsla
feeling in Thai: ความรู้สึก
feeling in Ukrainian: Почуття
feeling in Chinese: 感覺

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

action, affect, affection, affectional, affective, affectivity, air, ambiance, ambience, analog process, analytic, appreciation, appreciation of differences, appreciativeness, ardency, ardor, artistic judgment, assumption, atmosphere, attitude, aura, awareness, behavior, behavior pattern, belief, benevolence, breath, brush, caress, caressing, clairvoyant, clemency, climate, climate of opinion, commiseration, common belief, community sentiment, compassion, compassionate, conceit, concept, conception, concern, conclusion, condolence, connoisseurship, consciousness, consensus gentium, consideration, contact, conviction, critical niceness, criticalness, cutaneous sense, delicacy, demonstrative, digital process, discriminating taste, discriminatingness, discrimination, discriminativeness, emotiometabolic, emotiomotor, emotion, emotional, emotional charge, emotional shade, emotions, emotiovascular, emotive, emotivity, empathy, estimate, estimation, ethos, examinational, examinatorial, examining, experience, explorational, explorative, exploratory, eye, fact-finding, fastidiousness, favor, feel, feeling tone, feelings, fervency, fervor, fine palate, finesse, fingering, fingertip caress, flick, forbearance, foreboding, forefeeling, forgiveness, friction, frottage, funny feeling, general belief, glance, glandular, grace, graze, groping, gut, gut reaction, hand-mindedness, handling, heartthrob, heat, heuristic, hint, humanity, humor, hunch, hunting, idea, identification, impression, imprint, indagative, inkling, input oscillation, inspectional, inspectorial, instinct, intensity, intimation, intuition, intuitional, intuitive, intuitive impression, investigational, investigative, investigatory, judgment, judiciousness, kindness, kiss, lambency, lap, leniency, lick, light touch, lights, making distinctions, manipulation, mental attitude, mercy, milieu, mind, mitigation, mood, mystique, niceness of distinction, nicety, note, notion, observation, of soul, offset, opinion, oscillatory behavior, outlook, overcorrection of error, overdemonstrative, overshoot, overtone, palate, palpability, palpation, pardon, passion, pathos, percept, perceptibility, perception, personal judgment, persuasion, petting, pity, point of view, popular belief, position, posture, preapprehension, precognitive, premonition, presentiment, pressure, presumption, prevailing belief, process, profound sense, psychology, public belief, public opinion, quality, quarter, reaction, refined discrimination, refined palate, refinement, regard, relief, reprieve, response, response to stimuli, responsiveness, rub, rubbing, ruth, second-sighted, selectiveness, self-excitation, self-pity, sensation, sense, sense impression, sense of touch, sense perception, sensibilities, sensibility, sensing, sensitive, sensitivity, sensory experience, sentient, sentiment, sight, soulful, spirit, stance, stroke, stroking, subtlety, susceptibilities, suspicion, sympathetic, sympathies, sympathy, tact, tactfulness, tactile sense, taction, tangibility, tap, taste, temper, tender, tenderness, tentative, tentative poke, testing, theory, thinking, thought, tone, touch, touching, trying, undercurrent, understanding, undertone, vague feeling, vague idea, vehemence, vein, view, visceral, warmth, way of thinking, whisper, zetetic
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