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Nov 5, 2010
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emote

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-MOHT)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To express emotion in an excessive or theatrical manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from emotion, from Old French esmovoir (to excite, stir up), from Latin emovere (to remove or displace), from ex- (out of) + movere (to move). Earliest recorded use: 1917.

USAGE:
"Doctors are trained to always look serious and never emote."
Ninad Siddhaye; Doctors Self-Medicate With Theatre; Daily News & Analysis (Mumbai, India); Oct 9, 2010.

See more usage examples of emote in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Because we don't understand the brain very well we're constantly tempted to use the latest technology as a model for trying to understand it. In my childhood we were always assured that the brain was a telephone switchboard. (What else could it be?) And I was amused to see that Sherrington, the great British neuroscientist, thought that the brain worked like a telegraph system. Freud often compared the brain to hydraulic and electromagnetic systems. Leibniz compared it to a mill, and now, obviously, the metaphor is the digital computer. -John R. Searle, philosophy professor (b. 1932)

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