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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)

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.

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."