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.

Origin of affected

First recorded in 1525–35; affect2 + -ed2
Related formsaf·fect·ed·ly, adverbaf·fect·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

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
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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