Origin of affair
Related Words for affairscase, project, transaction, proceeding, question, topic, thing, incident, task, interest, employment, event, subject, liaison, relationship, province, duty, episode, happening, circumstance
Examples from the Web for affairs
Contemporary Examples of affairs
And that this state of affairs is not just the way things are.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
If State of Affairs succeeds, it could change the conversation around Heigl.It’s Time to Stop Hating Katherine Heigl
November 17, 2014
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
Cooke writes, “In our conversations among the band she has revealed in a matter-of-fact way that she has had affairs with women.”Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
Instead, she advocates for a major shift away from a morally-driven condemnation of affairs.Why You’re Happily Married and Having an Affair
November 2, 2014
Historical Examples of affairs
Here he had prestige because he was the son of Daniel Bines, organiser and man of affairs.
Be a man of affairs like your pa, and like that fellow Shepler.
I'm afraid of myself, even in spite of our affairs being so bad.
I had but to demand an investigation into the man's affairs.
You must propose an examination of his affairs on the part of the church.
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]