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He never ceased to feel cheated when he was obliged to ride in New York.

I feel the breath of life taken away from me by the multitude.

I have more than once tried to deceive you, but you will feel that I am not now speaking falsely.

He was pleased, moreover, to feel a new respect for Uncle Peter.

I'll feel safe enough about my money as long as you keep your health.

She could feel the shears against her hair, and she was so scared she swore like he told her.

In spite of her calculations, in spite of her love of money, he could make her feel her weakness.

"I feel as if I should like some fish for breakfast," said Robert one morning, on waking up.

He knew that it would do no good, and would only make her feel troubled.

I feel very deeply thankful, and that is about all that I can say.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English felan "to touch, perceive," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cf. Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cf. Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.

The sense in Old English was "to perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. To feel like "want to" attested from 1829.

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