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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 affected2

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

  • The Burghers are not to be match'd for Affectedness, and their Conversation is insupportable.

    The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I

    Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz

  • She had been formerly sharp in her condemnation of the Countess—her affectedness, her euphuism, and her vulgarity.

  • There is no affectedness of speech—for the moment it is childishly genuine.

British Dictionary definitions for affectedness


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

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

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



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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