Emotion Thesaurus (Samples)

The entries below are a sample of what you’ll find in The Emotion Thesaurus: a Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, now available as an expanded 2nd edition consisting of 130 emotions. This popular book  has been translated into in 7 languages and sold over 250,000 copies.

Logo-OneStop-For-Writers-mediumYou can also find this full collection and many others at One Stop For Writers, our powerful new library for writers that you have to see to believe.

Happy writing!

What is an Emotion Thesaurus?
Expressing Cardinal Emotions: Male vs. Female

Visit our other Descriptive Thesaurus Collections HERE.

Emotion Amplifiers High ResTo find out more about The Emotion Thesaurus book or to grab its companion ebooklet, Emotion Amplifiers, go HERE.


Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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36 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus (Samples)

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  2. Maria says:

    Hello, in What other language has it been translated?. And where can i buy them?

    • Hi, Maria. The Emotion Thesaurus has been translated into Korean, Japanese, Romanian, and both simple and complex Chinese. Copies in those languages are available from the individual publishers. If you’re interested in one in particular, I can put you in contact with them. For information on where you can buy this book in English, please see our Bookstore page.

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  6. Leah says:

    Love these books so much and hold much hope there are plans for more. They sit on my desk right next to my desktop. I had them spiral bound and i tabbed them to make searching even easier. LOVE THIS SERIES!

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  11. An Hannas says:

    Hello 🙂
    Could someone please tell me which languages this book was translated into? It says available in 5 languages and I have searched for more information but cannot find any.
    Thanks in advance.

    • This particular volume has a translation in Japanese, Romanian, Korean, and two in Chinese (Simple & Traditional, both of these in final stages of publishing). Let me know if you would like any links!

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  13. Bill K says:

    Hi. Love your work but have a question.

    I’ve already bought and downloaded The Emotion Thesaurus (which is great).
    Is there anyway to download the Addendums?

    • Many of the addendum are what Becca and I call “Amplified States” because they are associated with emotions, but aren’t emotions. And yes, we put them in a booklet called “Emotion Amplifiers” which you can find anywhere ebooks are sold, on our Bookstore Page, and on the Tools For Writers page. And, because we love you guys, it’s free to download. 🙂

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  20. A writer friend recommended this book to me the other day and I ordered it right away from Amazon. Thanks for the work!

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  22. Violet says:

    These thesauruses are amazing, I love them!

  23. Kat Stoldt says:

    I clicked on Uncertainty and was taken to a page detailing “Distraction” which, funnily enough, isn’t even listed in the collection. However, I was able to find the right page by typing it directly into the url: https://writershelpingwriters.net/2008/10/emotion-thesaurus-entry-uncertainty/
    Just a little heads up. Have a nice day!

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  26. The Imaginatrix says:

    I tried entering on the “Sarcasm” entry twice, and was redirected to “Exhaustion” instead. I also cannot find the free download referenced in the “Exhaustion” entry. I don’t know whether or not you have to be a member of this site to download it or not. I hope you have some answers for me.

    • Hi there. Sorry for the trouble. We’re still finding little bugs here and there from when we transferred everything from The Bookshelf Muse to our new Writers Helping Writers site. Thanks for letting us know! The Sarcasm link now goes to the correct entry, and I’ve changed the information on the Addendums so people can get to the Emotion Amplifier PDF. Here’s the link, in case you’d like to go there directly. Have a great day!

      • Ditika says:

        (Was that an overly exited way of greeting? Did I, by any chance, freak you out with my excessively jovial nature? I apologize.)

        I wanted to say, first of, that this is a wonderful site. Thank you for giving it to us. We can’t be thankful enough. And by we, I mean, any and everybody whose ever stumbled upon your amazing website. I’ve taken liberty to talk for everyone, by the way.

        Second of, the main reason why I decided to break my shell and my usual internet behavior (of hanging around the bleachers hiding in the confines my Hoodie [read:staying in the background] and silently judging everybody) is to tell you that the Sarcasm page redirects me to the WordPress loging page. I do not have WordPress. Neither do I have a Tumblr. I’m a Blogger girl. And that was completely random. I apologize, again.

        Is this supposed to happen? Redirecting to the WordPress page, I mean. I really don’t think that’s supposed to happen, so yeah. I’d be grateful if you’d check. Thank you in advance.

        End rant.


        • Hi, Ditika! I’m so glad that you emerged from your shell to tell us about the broken link ;). They crop up here and there, and Angela and I don’t know about them until someone points them out. So thank you! It should be fixed now.

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