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Primary emotion Secondary emotions Tertiary emotions
Affection Adoration • Attraction • Caring • Compassion • Fondness • Liking • Sentimentality • Tenderness
Love Sexual desire Arousal • Desire • Enthrallment • Infatuation • Lust • Passion • Rapture
Longing Desire • Longing

Other primary emotions: AngerFearJoySadnessSurprise


Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection. The word love can refer to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from generic pleasure ("I loved that meal") to intense interpersonal attraction ("I love my girlfriend"). This diversity of meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states.

As an abstract concept, love usually refers to a deep, ineffable feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Even this limited conception of love, however, encompasses a wealth of different feelings, from the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love to the nonsexual emotional closeness of familial and Platonic love to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.

The opposite of love is hatred.

See also

More information on this topic is available at [ Wikipedia:Love ]


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