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feeling

1. the sense of touch
2. 
a. the ability to experience physical sensations, such as heat, pain, etc.
b. the sensation so experienced
3. a state of mind

Feeling

 

in psychology, a peculiar type of emotional sensation distinctly object oriented in nature and comparatively stable. Feelings in this sense are related to a person’s perception of some object, concrete or abstract, for example, a feeling of love for a human being or for the motherland. As a stable emotional attitude toward an object, feelings may not correspond to a person’s emotional reaction to that object at a given moment. Human feelings are influenced by culture and history. Specific sign systems, including social symbols, ceremonial rites, and ritual acts, play an important part in the formation of feelings.

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However, I see you have not quite drunk your better feelings away.
She had always felt that Charlotte's opinion of matrimony was not exactly like her own, but she had not supposed it to be possible that, when called into action, she would have sacrificed every better feeling to worldly advantage.
Not improbably he was the best workman of his time; or, perhaps, the Colonel thought it expedient, or was impelled by some better feeling, thus openly to cast aside all animosity against the race of his fallen antagonist.

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