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1. One whose conduct, thought, or rhetoric is governed by emotion rather than reason, often as a matter of policy.
2. An excessively emotional person.

e·mo′tion·al·is′tic adj.


(ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nl ɪst)

1. a person easily affected by emotion.
2. a person whose conduct or policies are based on feelings rather than reason.
e•mo`tion•al•is′tic, adj.
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Not only did the emotionalist PM publish a stream of unflattering news reports and editorials, but more reserved publications, such as the New York Times, also published news articles and analysis about the North Africa controversy that added to the pressure on the Roosevelt administration (Figure 3).
The French Revolution was influenced largely by Rousseau, who is an overt emotionalist.
In spite of Davies's deep commitment to the emotionalist thesis that music is objectively linked to emotions, his account has some surprising affinities with the formalist position.
If you were an emotionalist, in Rand's sense of the term, you would most likely condemn him.
52) Bernhardt constructed herself as an emotionalist actress who completely identifies with her role, stating for instance in L'Art du theatre, published posthumously in 1823 and in English in 1824, that she does not agree with the controlled way of acting of her famous colleague Constant Coquelin.