- strenuous pursuit, desire, or aspiration.
- affection; fondness: his affectation of literature.
Origin of affectation
Synonyms for affectation
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Examples from the Web for affectation
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of affectation
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)
Word Origin 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)).