- strenuous pursuit, desire, or aspiration.
- affection; fondness: his affectation of literature.
- affaire d'amour,
- affaire d'honneur,
- affaire de coeur,
Origin of affectation
Examples from the Web for affectation
What is a distinctive habit or affectation related to the writing process?
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Saturn in your sign will keep things real, refining elements in your make-up that smack of affectation.
If there is nothing more than acquirement, smartness, and the affectation of philanthropy, Chorley is a fine creature.Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle|Clement K. Shorter
The florid style is a mixture of affectation and common-place.Hazlitt on English Literature|Jacob Zeitlin
Fricker was not a gentleman, but, thanks to his quietness and freedom from affectation, it was often possible to forget the fact.The Intrusions of Peggy|Anthony Hope
There is no affectation of dignity or of knowledge about him, and it is well that there is not.The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections|A. Edward Newton
There is no affectation in the expression or the pose of the sitter, it is quite easy and natural, and beautifully simple.Tales of the Wonder Club|M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
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)).