- an effort to appear to have a quality not really or fully possessed; the pretense of actual possession: an affectation of interest in art; affectation of great wealth.
- conspicuous artificiality of manner or appearance; effort to attract notice by pretense, assumption, or any assumed peculiarity.
- a trait, action, or expression characterized by such artificiality: a man of a thousand affectations.
- strenuous pursuit, desire, or aspiration.
- affection; fondness: his affectation of literature.
Origin of affectation
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Examples from the Web for affectation
What is a distinctive habit or affectation related to the writing process?How I Write: Michael Connelly
January 8, 2014
What is a distinctive habit or affectation of yours related to writing?How I Write: Jared Diamond
November 20, 2013
Saturn in your sign will keep things real, refining elements in your make-up that smack of affectation.Horoscopes: The Week of March 27
Starsky + Cox
March 26, 2011
But this is abnormal and rather an affectation of technical skill.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
There was no affectation of the fine lady in her self-reproach.Within the Law
There was no affectation of mystery, no attempt at keeping his experiments a secret.Heroes of the Telegraph
The only source of the true Ridiculous (as it appears to me) is affectation.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Their affectation is beyond the affectation of woman, and it makes all men sick.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- an assumed manner of speech, dress, or behaviour, esp one that is intended to impress others
- (often foll by of) deliberate pretence or false displayaffectation of nobility
Word Origin and History for affectation
"studied display," 1540s, from French affectation (16c.) or directly from Latin affectationem (nominative affectatio) "a striving after, a claiming," noun of action from past participle stem of affectare "to strive for" (see affect (v.2)).