- fond attachment, devotion, or love: the affection of a parent for an only child.
- Often affections.
- emotion; feeling; sentiment: over and above our reason and affections.
- the emotional realm of love: a place in his affections.
- Pathology. a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind: a gouty affection.
- the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
- the state of being affected.
- Philosophy. a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
- the affective aspect of a mental process.
- bent or disposition of mind.
- Obsolete. bias; prejudice.
Origin of affection1
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Origin of affection2
Examples from the Web for affection
Needless to say, Juxiao was thrilled to see them and gave each of them a lot of love and affection.‘Sexual’ Barbershop Quartet, a Panda Family Reunion, and More Viral Videos
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December 14, 2014
The new way to show your love and affection for your bestie is with a fashionable Little Scocha friendship bracelet.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Judging by the pictures of President Truong Tan Sang and Obama, Vietnam is showing some affection back.Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
Our affection for him is not solely down to his (stunning) looks alone.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
To their minds, he was like a child trying to test the limits of his family's patience and affection.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"He is a good son to me," said Mrs. Rushton, with a glance of affection.Brave and Bold
Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.
She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.
Her affection concentrated on two objects, the house and Maggie, Maggie and the house.
- a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
- (often plural) emotion, feeling, or sentimentto play on a person's affections
- pathol any disease or pathological condition
- psychol any form of mental functioning that involves emotionSee also affect 1 (def. 2)
- the act of affecting or the state of being affected
- archaic inclination or disposition
Word Origin and History for affection
early 13c., "an emotion of the mind, passion, lust as opposed to reason," from Old French afection (12c.) "emotion, inclination, disposition; love, attraction, enthusiasm," from Latin affectionem (nominative affectio) "a relation, disposition; a temporary state; a frame, constitution," noun of state from past participle stem of afficere "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). Sense developed from "disposition" to "good disposition toward" (late 14c.). Related: Affections.
- A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
- A bodily condition; disease.