- affaire d'amour,
- affaire d'honneur,
- affaire de coeur,
Origin of affair
Examples from the Web for affairs
And that this state of affairs is not just the way things are.
If State of Affairs succeeds, it could change the conversation around Heigl.
Frankly, I have never heard anyone else speak with such insight into Afghan affairs, post-US surge.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cooke writes, “In our conversations among the band she has revealed in a matter-of-fact way that she has had affairs with women.”
Instead, she advocates for a major shift away from a morally-driven condemnation of affairs.
If Martine was annoyed by Priscilla's refusal, poor Priscilla was deeply disturbed by the turn of affairs.Brenda's Ward|Helen Leah Reed
At the factory he flung himself into the affairs of the firm with a zeal that at times bordered on officiousness.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
As long as Aguinaldo remained out, this state of affairs was sure to continue indefinitely, possibly for years to come.The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912|James H. Blount
But the sense of humour often fails where one's own affairs are concerned.The Golden Silence|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
We go about even the most delightful of our affairs in a sadly hum-drum way.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
Word Origin for affair
"ordinary business," late 15c., plural of affair (n.).
c.1300, "what one has to do," from Anglo-French afere, Old French afaire (12c., Modern French affaire) "business, event; rank, estate," from the infinitive phrase à faire "to do," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + facere "to do, make" (see factitious).
A Northern word originally, brought into general use and given a French spelling by Caxton (15c.). General sense of "vague proceedings" (in romance, war, etc.) first attested 1702. Meaning "an affair of the heart; a passionate episode" is from French affaire de coeur (itself attested in English from 1809); to have an affair with someone in this sense is by 1726, earlier have an affair of love:
'Tis manifeſtly contrary to the Law of Nature, that one Woman ſhould cohabit or have an Affair of Love with more than one Man at the ſame time. ["Pufendorf's Law of Nature and Nations," transl. J. Spavan, London, 1716]
Thus, in our dialect, a vicious man is a man of pleasure, a sharper is one that plays the whole game, a lady is said to have an affair, a gentleman to be a gallant, a rogue in business to be one that knows the world. By this means, we have no such things as sots, debauchees, whores, rogues, or the like, in the beau monde, who may enjoy their vices without incurring disagreeable appellations. [George Berkeley, "Alciphron or the Minute Philosopher," 1732]