affection

1
[uh-fek-shuhn]

noun


Nearby words

  1. affect,
  2. affectation,
  3. affected,
  4. affectedly,
  5. affecting,
  6. affectional,
  7. affectional orientation,
  8. affectionate,
  9. affectionately,
  10. affective

Origin of affection

1
1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin affectiōn- (stem of affectiō) disposition or state of mind or body; see affect1, -ion

Related formsaf·fec·tion·less, adjective

affection

2
[uh-fek-shuh n]

noun Obsolete.

Origin of affection

2
First recorded in 1525–35; affect2 + -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for affection

affection

noun

a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
(often plural) emotion, feeling, or sentimentto play on a person's affections
pathol any disease or pathological condition
psychol any form of mental functioning that involves emotionSee also affect 1 (def. 2)
the act of affecting or the state of being affected
archaic inclination or disposition
Derived Formsaffectional, adjective

Word Origin for affection

C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect 1

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Word Origin and History for affection

affection

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for affection

affection

[ə-fĕkshən]

n.

A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
A bodily condition; disease.

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