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Language tip of the week: more words for ‘feeling’

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at some more words and phrases that mean a feeling:



sensation a physical feeling, especially one that is hard to describe:
the sensation of falling through the air ♦ He had the odd sensation that he was being followed.
mood the way someone is feeling at a particular time, for example, happy, sad, or angry:
The drug can affect your mood. ♦ I like to look smart or casual, depending on my mood. in a good/bad/terrible mood He’s been in a terrible mood all day.
state of mind the way that you are thinking or feeling at the present time:
I don’t think you should see her in your present state of mind.
frame of mind the mood that someone is in, which influences their attitudes or feelings:
I’m not in the right frame of mind for jokes right now.
a sense of something a particular feeling that you have about yourself or about a situation:
There is a great sense of optimism about the project. ♦ Beth read the letter with a growing sense of panic.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘feeling‘.

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