- emotion; feeling; sentiment: over and above our reason and affections.
- the emotional realm of love: a place in his affections.
Origin of affection1
Synonyms for affection
Antonyms for affection
Origin of affection2
Related Words for affectionemotion, desire, kindness, love, sentiment, closeness, tenderness, passion, feeling, friendship, warmth, devotion, care, case, heart, hankering, itch, yen, ardor, regard
Examples from the Web for affection
Contemporary Examples of affection
Needless to say, Juxiao was thrilled to see them and gave each of them a lot of love and affection.‘Sexual’ Barbershop Quartet, a Panda Family Reunion, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 14, 2014
The new way to show your love and affection for your bestie is with a fashionable Little Scocha friendship bracelet.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Judging by the pictures of President Truong Tan Sang and Obama, Vietnam is showing some affection back.Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
Our affection for him is not solely down to his (stunning) looks alone.Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
To their minds, he was like a child trying to test the limits of his family's patience and affection.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Historical Examples of affection
I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"He is a good son to me," said Mrs. Rushton, with a glance of affection.Brave and Bold
Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.
She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.
Her affection concentrated on two objects, the house and Maggie, Maggie and the house.
Word Origin for affection
early 13c., "an emotion of the mind, passion, lust as opposed to reason," from Old French afection (12c.) "emotion, inclination, disposition; love, attraction, enthusiasm," from Latin affectionem (nominative affectio) "a relation, disposition; a temporary state; a frame, constitution," noun of state from past participle stem of afficere "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). Sense developed from "disposition" to "good disposition toward" (late 14c.). Related: Affections.