II.1 Language of emotions R . S . WHITE
The most obvious example is the very word ‘emotion’ itself, since it did not acquire anything like its modern sense until the later seventeenth century. Occurrences before that took their meaning from the word’s roots, ex-motion or ‘movement away’, and it was most commonly in the sixteenth century used to describe ‘political agitation, civil unrest; a public commotion or uprising’, a meaning which is now obsolete.