English Vocabulary For Emotions

Learn English vocabulary for emotions. Improve your English vocabulary and learn how to correctly describe your emotions in English. Here I have for you 14 English words associated with emotions.

If you also learn Useful Collocations with Emotions, you will never get stuck while speaking in English on this topic.

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English vocabulary for emotions

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So what do I have for you now? Well, in this English lesson, I’m going to take a look at feelings, 14 English words associated with emotions.

Learn how to talk about emotions in English. How to talk about positive and negative feelings and emotions in English. Increase your English vocabulary and make it easier to express yourself naturally and with confidence. Feeling words and emotions vocabulary words will help you sound more native when speaking English.

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So, first of all


Meaning:  is a deep feeling of strong love, admiration and respect. When we adore some things, we love something a great deal. 


John adored his wife. He adored everything about her. He was deeply in love with her and followed her with adoration.

Meaning he had utmost (greatest) respect and love for her, complete adoration. 

Often, daughters have complete and utter adoration for their fathers.

We also use ‘adoration’ when we talk about religions. 

People have adoration for their God or their Bible or whatever. 

Their particular religion happens to be lots of adoration, particularly in times like Easter or Ramadan or any other festival people are following. 


Meaning:  amazement is like a surprise, only at a higher level

We can use ‘amazement’ in both positive and negative ways.


He looked on with amazement as the building collapsed following the heavy storms. 

He was full of amazement when he opened the box to reveal the present he had always wanted. 

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English vocabulary for emotions


Meaning: that strong feeling of annoyance when we’re annoyed about something


He was full of anger when his request for the job was turned down. 

You could see the anger building open him. His face became red and he was almost ready to explode. 

If we’re annoyed or very angry about something, we shouldn’t take that anger out on other people. 


Meaning: total dislike, a feeling of deep unhappiness or displeasure over something; ‘disgust’ is a negative word. 


He was filled with disgust when he saw the antics and the actions of certain people. 

We often use it as an adjective – disgusting.


The food last night was disgusting.

Meaning the food didn’t taste nice.

I watched the news with a sense of disgust. How can people be so cruel to each other?

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ecstasy /ˈek.stə.si/

Meaning: a feeling of elevation when somebody is feeling really happy


Children were full of ecstasy when they came downstairs and saw all the boxes and the beautifully wrapped presents on Christmas morning. 

It has other connotations in relation to drug issues, and we won’t go into those because we don’t want to focus on anything negative. But it does have another meaning.  

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English vocabulary for emotions


Meaning: an unpleasant feeling when you’re afraid of something and you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen


Sam had a panic attack and broke out in a cold sweat with fear.

Fear spread across his face when he saw the approaching wolf in the forest.


Meaning: a feeling of strong dislike (opposite of ‘love’)


Children hate green vegetables.

I hate when people never talk to you in person. 


Meaning: the feeling that you get when you’re away from home for a long time and you really want to be back home with your family and friends


He went away to the UK to work for several weeks or months, but within a few days, he was suffering from homesickness. 


Meaning: that emotion when we’re happy


A feeling of joy spread across his face when his girlfriend accepted his proposal of marriage.  

Looking into your vegetable patch and seeing your first strawberries might give you a feeling of joy.

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Meaning: that deep feeling that you have when there is nobody there when you want them

Not to be mistaken for alone.

When we are alone, we spend time on our own because perhaps we want to be so. 


People who have lost their partners suffer from deep loneliness because they have nobody to share those special moments with.

We can be very, very lonely and have that emotional feeling of loneliness in a big city.

He had a feeling of loneliness as he spent another weekend on his own without any visits from his family. 



Meaning: a feeling of deep happiness when you enjoy something very much; the warm feeling of affection that you have for somebody


I love apple pie with ice cream. 

Paul loves his work, and always goes the extra mile to ensure he’s done his best.


Meaning: a deep feeling of anger or annoyance


I had a feeling of outrage when the government decided to change the retirement age.

People are protesting to show their outrage that the government have done nothing about rising inflation.

Anger and outrage would be very similar. 

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English vocabulary for emotions


Meaning: the feeling that you have when you hear bad news


There was a deep feeling of sadness at the loss of his pet dog. 

We can feel sad just on occasion because we happen to be alone. But that soon passes on the next day, the sun shines and we’re feeling good. 

The feeling of sadness is a little longer, a little deeper.

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Meaning: the feeling you get when something happens unexpectedly; sometimes good, sometimes bad


There was something in her voice that he had never heard before. He looked at her with surprise.

I got a surprise on my birthday when the postman delivered a parcel that I hadn’t expected.

Here is my useful English vocabulary for emotions:

  • adoration
  • amazement
  • anger
  • disgust
  • ecstasy
  • fear
  • hate
  • homesickness
  • joy
  • loneliness
  • love
  • outrage
  • sadness
  • surprise

Thanks for listening to this podcast episode, as always. And I hope you’ve enjoyed it and you get a chance and opportunity to use some of these 14 English words associated with emotions

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