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A state of mind or emotion. Mood (n.) A pervading feeling of a witness Example: the somber mood of the painting. Mood (n.) A set of verb forms or inflections used to specify the speaker's attitude toward the factuality or chances of the action or condition expressed. In English the indicative mood is used to make factual statements, the subjunctive mood to indicate doubt or unlikelihood, and the imperative mood to express a command. this word was taken from Anglo-Saxon,which can mean ( mod "heart" or "spirit"): Mood It is a feeling, emotional state, or disposition of mind--especially the predominating atmosphere or tone of a literary work. Most pieces of literature have a prevailing mood, but shifts in this prevailing mood may function as a counterpoint. Mood provides a comic relief and it also echo the changing events in the plot. The term mood is often used synonymously with atmosphere and ambiance.

In grammar, mood is categorized to reflect the speaker's view of character. Ex. < A narrative poem has a solitary speaker that usually expresses a particular feeling, mood or thought(Webster).

Logically, mood means to have a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion.

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Works Cited

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