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  1. assumed artificially; unnatural; feigned: affected sophistication; an affected British accent.
  2. assuming or pretending to possess that which is not natural: Her affected wealth and social pedigree are so obviously false that it's embarrassing.
  3. inclined or disposed: well affected toward the speaker's cause.
  4. held in affection; fancied: a novel much affected by our grandparents.
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Origin of affected

First recorded in 1525–35; affect2 + -ed2
Related formsaf·fect·ed·ly, adverbaf·fect·ed·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of affectedly

  • Her answer was deep-toned and affectedly solemn in one so young.

    The Tyranny of the Dark

    Hamlin Garland

  • I shwugged my shoulders, smiled affably, and as affectedly as you like, and changed the subject.

    A Simpleton

    Charles Reade

  • Her voice was affectedly musical as she added: "Come and see me, won't you?"

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • "I asked a civil question, and I expect a civil answer," he said affectedly.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • "These doctors are lucky fellows," Croker observed, affectedly.

British Dictionary definitions for affectedly


adjective (usually postpositive)
  1. deeply moved, esp by sorrow or griefhe was greatly affected by her departure
  2. changed, esp detrimentally
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Word Origin for affected

C17: from affect 1 + -ed ²


  1. behaving, speaking, etc, in an artificial or assumed way, esp in order to impress others
  2. feignedaffected indifference
  3. archaic inclined; disposed
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Derived Formsaffectedly, adverbaffectedness, noun

Word Origin for affected

C16: from affect ² + -ed ²
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Word Origin and History for affectedly



past participle adjective from affect (v.2); 1530s in the now-obsolete sense "favorably disposed" (preserved in disaffected); meaning "artificially displayed" is recorded from 1580s.

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