- strenuous pursuit, desire, or aspiration.
- affection; fondness: his affectation of literature.
SYNONYMS FOR affectation
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Origin of affectation
OTHER WORDS FROM affectationnon·af·fec·ta·tion, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH affectationaffectation , affection
Words nearby affectation
Example sentences from the Web for affectation
It is the sort of affectation a bad man might pick up after too many viewings of “The Shining.”Capitol rioters searched for Nancy Pelosi in a way that should make every woman’s skin crawl|Monica Hesse|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Cringe is only possible in a cultural and political moment like ours, when we have so effectively surrounded ourselves with those who share our affections and affectations.
She finds your old-fashioned affectations sweet, but more than that she craves what you have, the information you have carried in your body for so many decades.
He signed off with a certain affectation, an identifiable term, so I'm not using it here.Carolyn Hax: She swiped right, and now it feels so, so wrong|Carolyn Hax|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
What is a distinctive habit or affectation related to the writing process?
What is a distinctive habit or affectation of yours related to writing?
Fashion affectation, though, was lost on Liebling, whose military-issue slacks fit so loosely they flapped in the breeze.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day|Timothy M. Gay|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Saturn in your sign will keep things real, refining elements in your make-up that smack of affectation.
And he replied shortly, and with a slight charming affectation of pride: "I did without."Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
To me the national affectation of piety and holiness resembles a white shirt put on over a dirty skin.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Her affectation of extreme youth was so absurdly ridiculous, that it made her appear older and uglier than she really was.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
Avoid affectation; it is the sure test of a deceitful, vulgar mind.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
He is a stranger to affectation—that dangerous rock to the would-be wit; he is natural, and is witty without trying to be a wit.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell