Definition of "affection" []

  • A tender feeling toward another; fondness. See Synonyms at love. (noun)
  • Feeling or emotion. Often used in the plural: an unbalanced state of affections. (noun)
  • A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity. (noun)
  • Obsolete Prejudice; partiality. (noun)
  • A feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Emotion, feeling, or sentiment (noun)
  • Any disease or pathological condition (noun)
  • Any form of mental functioning that involves emotion (noun)
  • The act of affecting or the state of being affected (noun)
  • Inclination or disposition (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "affection" in a sentence
  • ""She will rather die than give any sign of affection," says Benedick of Beatrice; and in that line Shakspere reveals one of the two essential traits of genuine modern coyness -- _dissemblance of feminine affection_."
  • "_The affection which we rightly have for what is lovely must ordinate justly_, _in due manner end proportion_, _become the object of a new affection_, _or be itself beloved_, _in order to our being endued with that virtue which is the principle of a good life_."
  • "_affection_ is naïve, to say the least, and need not be commented on after what has just been said about the true nature of affection and its altruistic test."