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a. The sense of touch: lost feeling in a toe.
b. A sensation experienced through this sense: enjoyed the feeling of rain on my face.
c. A physical sensation other than one experienced though touch: a feeling of warmth.
a. An emotion, such as joy or sorrow: a feeling of loss.
b. Strong mental agitation or excitement involving the emotions: eyes that showed deep feeling.
c. An emotion of affection; a fondness: Does she have feelings for you?
a. The capacity to experience refined emotions; sensitivity; sensibility: a man of feeling.
b. feelings Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities: The child's feelings are easily hurt.
4. An awareness or impression: He had the feeling that he was being followed.
5. An opinion based strongly on emotion; sentiment: voters' feelings on tax reform. See Synonyms at view.
a. A general impression conveyed by a person, place, or thing: This office has the feeling of a fortress.
b. The emotions thought to be conveyed or intended by a work of art: the painting's feeling of anguish.
a. Appreciative regard or understanding: has no feeling for propriety.
b. Intuitive awareness or aptitude; a feel: has a feeling for language.
1. Easily moved emotionally; sympathetic: a feeling heart.
2. Expressive of sensibility or emotion: a feeling glance.

feel′ing·ly adv.
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Noun1.feelings - emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity)feelings - emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity); "the remark hurt his feelings"
sensitiveness, sensitivity - sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
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References in classic literature ?
"But, Mamma, suppose I loved a girl who has no fortune, would you expect me to sacrifice my feelings and my honor for the sake of money?" he asked his mother, not realizing the cruelty of his question and only wishing to show his noble-mindedness.
"The question of her feelings, of what has passed and may be passing in her soul, that's not my affair; that's the affair of her conscience, and falls under the head of religion," he said to himself, feeling consolation in the sense that he had found to which division of regulating principles this new circumstance could be properly referred.
He knew that tree well; it was the boundary mark of his youth--the sign, to him, of the time when some of his earliest, strongest feelings had left him.
Wohlgemuth, "On the Feelings and their Neural Correlate with an Examination of the Nature of Pain," "Journal of Psychology," vol.
He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride.
He considered his disposition as of the sort which must suffer heavily, uniting very strong feelings with quiet, serious, and retiring manners, and a decided taste for reading, and sedentary pursuits.
I looked back through the days of my sojourn in the house; I questioned my own feelings and impressions, on the chance that they might serve me as a means of solving the mystery of her sudden flight from the room.
I shall relate events that impressed me with feelings which, from what I had been, have made me what I am.
He had vanity, which strongly inclined him in the first place to think she did love him, though she might not know it herself; and which, secondly, when constrained at last to admit that she did know her own present feelings, convinced him that he should be able in time to make those feelings what he wished.
"The day before yesterday," said Dorothea, "when I had asked him to come to Lowick to give me his opinion on the affairs of the Hospital, he told me everything about his conduct and feelings in this sad event which has made ignorant people cast suspicions on him.
Goodbye, Makar Alexievitch, for I have come to the end of all I had to say, and am feeling too unwell to write more.
FEELING is, among our Women and lower classes -- about our upper classes I shall speak presently -- the principal test of recognition, at all events between strangers, and when the question is, not as to the individual, but as to the class.