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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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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 he said to himself again in the dining room, "Yes, I must decide and put a stop to it, and express my view of it..." And again at the turn in the drawing room he asked himself, "Decide how?" And again he asked himself, "What had occurred?" 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.
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?"
Anne had a moment's astonishment on the subject herself; but it was soon lost in the pleasanter feelings which sprang from the sight of all the ingenious contrivances and nice arrangements of Captain Harville, to turn the actual space to the best account, to supply the deficiencies of lodging-house furniture, and defend the windows and doors against the winter storms to be expected.
They had no share in the feeling with which I regarded Miss Dunross.
"These wonderful narrations inspired me with strange feelings. Was man, indeed, at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base?
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.
Poor Dorothea was feeling a great wave of her own sorrow returning over her-- her thought being drawn to the possible share that Will Ladislaw might have in Rosamond's mental tumult.
And all this series of calamities from one little accident in the process of Feeling.