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Emotions

Seven kinds of emotions,
and some words to describe them.


Sometimes, we need to build vocabulary to describe the emotions we feel.
As our vocabulary grows, our ability to name and defuse our painful feelings also grows.
Look through the list below and see if it helps you name your feeling.

Thanks to Rev. Linda Couser Barnette for help compiling it.


1. Anger

Disgust:
contempt, revulsion

Envy:
jealousy

Exasperation:
frustration

Irritation:
aggravation, agitation, annoyance,
grouchiness, grumpiness

Rage:
anger, bitterness, dislike,
ferocity, fury, hate,
hostility, loathing, outrage,
rage, resentment, scorn,
spite, vengefulness, wrath

Torment


2. Fear

Horror:
alarm, fright, horror,
hysteria, mortification, panic,
shock, terror

Nervousness: 
anxiety, apprehension, distress,
dread, tenseness, uneasiness,
worry


3. Joy

Cheerfulness:
amusement, bliss, delight,
ecstasy, elation, enjoyment,
euphoria, gaiety, gladness,
glee, happiness, jolliness,
joviality, joy, jubilation,
satisfaction

Contentment:
pleasure

Enthrallment:
rapture

Optimism:
eagerness, hope

Pride:
triumph

Relief

Zest:
enthusiasm, excitement, exhilaration,
thrill, zeal


4. Love

Affection:
adoration, attraction, caring,
compassion, fondness, liking,
love, sentimentality, tenderness

Longing

Lust:
arousal, desire, infatuation,
passion


5. Sadness

Disappointment:
dismay, displeasure

Neglect:
alienation, defeat, dejection,
embarrassment, homesickness, humiliation,
insecurity, isolation, insult,
loneliness, rejection

Sadness:
depression, despair, gloom,
glumness, grief, hopelessness,
melancholy, misery, sorrow,
unhappiness, woe

Shame:
guilt, regret, remorse

Suffering:
agony, anguish, hurt

Sympathy:
pity


6. Surprise

Surprise:
amazement, astonishment