List of descriptive adjectives describing emotions

Updated April 17, 2017

It's easier to approach someone, at work or at home, when you know his emotional state. The ability to describe emotions tells you when or if you should approach him. To describe a man's emotions as excited, assess his attitude, voice tone, and facial expressions Listen for rapid speech accompanied by louder than usual laughter; this signals excited emotions. This man is more approachable and thus more open to a sales pitch or other negotiations.


Eagerness is a desire for something both intensively and immediately. For example, after sending off her application for college, she thinks always about getting a letter of acceptance. She repeatedly checks the mail and/or asks her parents did she get any mail yet. After looking in the letter box and finding nothing, she is apt to check again just to make sure.. Thus the girl is focused on what she craves and thinks about it is constantly.


Relief is a feeling that the hurt or danger previously experienced is now less intense, allowing the person to feel glad and relaxed. When suffering from pain over a long period of time, such as a broken foot and then visits a doctor for painkillers, he's glad when the hurt stops. He takes his mind off the pain and puts it on other things, such as, reading, computer games, or talking with friends over the phone. He is able to concentrate and enjoy himself as he did before his accident; this is relief.


An upset person feels anger over harm done or expected to occur. Her emotions are unsettled or disturbed to the point that she's unable to take her mind off her troubles. Most likely, she's unable to enjoy the company of family and/or friends. School work also takes a back seat, since she is too agitated to concentrate on her studies.


To feel happiness is to experience joy and encouragement resulting in smiles and/or joy. Whether alone or with others, he is uplifted and optimistic about his future. He feels that the world itself is pleasant and agreeable towards him; along with these happy or contented feelings is a desire that the emotion last forever.


With fear comes a sense of dread and apprehension. The person thinks or believes that she's in danger; the harm might be either mortal or survival. If it is mortal, she believes that something is a threaten to her existence; on the other hand, if it is survival, she may fear the loss of her business. Along with fear comes the unmistakable feeling of wanting to escape from the thing causing a feeling of panic. This is fear.

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Juanita King began writing in 1971. She holds a master's degree in written communication and a master's degree in human development with a post-master's degree in counseling from National-Louis University.