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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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It is your happiness I wish for," she added, feeling that she was telling an untruth and was becoming entangled.
Now, though his conviction that jealousy was a shameful feeling and that one ought to feel confidence, had not broken down, he felt that he was standing face to face with something illogical and irrational, and did not know what was to be done.
and answered, "Nothing," and recollected that jealousy was a feeling insulting to his wife; but again in the drawing room he was convinced that something had happened.
In spite of other feelings dominant in him this evening, his pride winced under Adam's mode of treating him.
And Adam distrusted himself--he had learned to dread the violence of his own feeling.
I think the characteristic by which we distinguish the images we trust is the feeling of FAMILIARITY that accompanies them.
Had not my feelings decided against you-- had they been indifferent, or had they even been favourable, do you think that any consideration would tempt me to accept the man who has been the means of ruining, perhaps for ever, the happiness of a most beloved sister?
He is younger than I am; younger in feeling, if not in fact; younger as a man.
They had no share in the feeling with which I regarded Miss Dunross.
I admired virtue and good feelings and loved the gentle manners and amiable qualities of my cottagers, but I was shut out from intercourse with them, except through means which I obtained by stealth, when I was unseen and unknown, and which rather increased than satisfied the desire I had of becoming one among my fellows.
Crawford would always be welcome; he had only to consult his own judgment and feelings as to the frequency of his visits, at present or in future.
Dorothea, completely swayed by the feeling that she was uttering, forgot everything but that she was speaking from out the heart of her own trial to Rosamond's.