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Emotional ImpactPlay
Used when feelings are so strong that one feels unable to react or respond. SlideSeeing their reunion after years overwhelmed him with happiness.
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Unexpected IntensityPlay
Often describes a sudden and intense feeling that catches someone off guard. SlideThe surprise party overwhelmed her; she couldn't stop crying.
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Positive or NegativePlay
Can refer to both good and bad emotions. SlideOverwhelmed with relief, he thanked his rescuers profusely.