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[uh-fek-tid] /əˈfɛk tɪd/
assumed artificially; unnatural; feigned:
affected sophistication; an affected British accent.
assuming or pretending to possess that which is not natural:
Her affected wealth and social pedigree are so obviously false that it's embarrassing.
inclined or disposed:
well affected toward the speaker's cause.
held in affection; fancied:
a novel much affected by our grandparents.
Origin of affected2
First recorded in 1525-35; affect2 + -ed2
Related forms
affectedly, adverb
affectedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for affectedly
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  • Her answer was deep-toned and affectedly solemn in one so young.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • I shwugged my shoulders, smiled affably, and as affectedly as you like, and changed the subject.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Her voice was affectedly musical as she added: "Come and see me, won't you?"

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • "I asked a civil question, and I expect a civil answer," he said affectedly.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • "These doctors are lucky fellows," Croker observed, affectedly.

  • She is certainly not studying the book which she holds on her knee and fingers so affectedly.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • "I am not mistaken, good friend," drawled out Robinson, affectedly.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy
  • Don't think me heartless, but really (affectedly) to see you kneeling there is so funny!

    Martha W. Friedrich
  • "I hardly think I see it in that light," drawls Florence, affectedly.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • His vocabulary, while astonishing and extensive, is not affectedly so.

    Arthur Machen

    Vincent Starrett
British Dictionary definitions for affectedly


adjective (usually postpositive)
deeply moved, esp by sorrow or grief: he was greatly affected by her departure
changed, esp detrimentally
Word Origin
C17: from affect1 + -ed²


behaving, speaking, etc, in an artificial or assumed way, esp in order to impress others
feigned: affected indifference
(archaic) inclined; disposed
Derived Forms
affectedly, adverb
affectedness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from affect² + -ed²
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Word Origin and History for affectedly



past participle adjective from affect (v.2); 1530s in the now-obsolete sense "favorably disposed" (preserved in disaffected); meaning "artificially displayed" is recorded from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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