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excitation

Roget category 824

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.1. Affections in general
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#824. Excitation

noun

excitation of feelingmental excitementsuscitation, galvanism, stimulation, piquance, piquancy, provocation, inspiration, calling forth, infectionanimation, agitation, perturbationsubjugation, fascination, intoxicationenravishmententrancementpressure, tension, high pressure.
unction, impressiveness etc. adj.. trail of temper, casus belli [Lat.]irritation etc. (anger) 900passion etc. (state of excitability) 825thrill etc. (feeling) 821repression of feeling etc. 826sensationalism, yellow journalism.

verb

excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infectstir the blood, fire the blood, warm the bloodset astirwake, awake, awakencall forthevoke, provokeraise up, summon up, call up, wake up, blow up, get up, light upraiseget up the steam, rouse, arouse, stirfire, kindle, enkindle, apply the torch, set on fire, inflame.
stimulateexsuscitateinspiritspirit up, stir up, work up, piqueinfuse life into, give new life tobring new blood, introduce new bloodquickensharpen, whetwork upon etc. (incite) 615hurry on, give a fillip, put on one's mettle.
fan the fire, fan the flameblow the coals, stir the embersfan into a flamefoster, heat, warm, foment, raise to a fever heatkeep up, keep the pot boilingrevive, rekindlerake up, rip up.
stir the feelings, play on the feelings, come home to the feelings touch a string, touch a chord, touch the soul, touch the heartgo to one's heart, penetrate, pierce, go through one, touch to the quickpossess the soul, pervade the soul, penetrate the soul, imbrue the soul, absorb the soul, affect the soul, disturb the soul.
absorb, rivet the attentionsink into the mind, sink into the heartprey on the mind, distractintoxicateoverwhelm, overpowerbouleverser [Fr.], upset, turn one's head.
fascinateenrapture etc. (give pleasure) 829.
agitate, perturb, ruffle, fluster, shake, disturb, startle, shock, staggergive one a shock, give one a turnstrike all of a heapstun, astound, electrify, galvanize, petrify.
irritate, stingcut to the heart, cut to the quicktry one's temperfool to the top of one's bent, piqueinfuriate, madden, make one's blood boillash into fury etc. (wrath) 900.
be excited etc. adj. — flush up, flare upcatch the infectionthrill etc. (feel) 821mantlework oneself upseethe, boil, simmer, foam, fume, flame, rage, raverun mad etc. (passion) 825.

adjective

excited etc. v. — wrought up, up the qui vive [Fr.], astir, sparkling in a quiver etc. 821, in a fever, in a ferment, in a blaze, in a state of excitementin hystericsblack in the face, overwrought, tense, taught, on a razor's edgehot, red-hot, flushed, feverishall of a twitter, in a puckerwith quivering lips, with tears in one's eyes.
flamingboiling overebullient, seethingfoaming at the mouthfuming, raging, carried away by passion, wild, raving, frantic, mad, distracted, beside oneself, out of one's wits, ready to burst, bouleverse, demoniacal.
lost, eperdu [Fr.], tempest-tossedhaggardready to sink.
stung to the quick, up, on one's high ropes.
exciting, absorbing, riveting, distracting etc. v. — impressive, warm, glowing, fervid, swelling, imposing, spirit-stirring, thrillinghigh-wroughtsoul-stirring, soul-subduingheart-stirring, heart-swelling, heart-thrillingagonizing etc. (painful) 830telling, sensational, hystericaloverpowering, overwhelmingmore than flesh and blood can bearyellow.
piquant etc. (pungent) 392spicy, appetizing, provocative, provoquant, tantalizing.
eager to go, anxious to go, chafing at the bit.

adverb

till one is black in the face.

phrase

the heart beating high, the heart going pitapat, the heart leaping into one's mouth the blood being up, the blood boiling in one's veinsthe eye glistening, the eyes in a fine frenzy rollingthe head turnedwhen the going gets tough, the tough get when the going gets tough, the tough get going" [Richard Nixon].



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