- emotion; feeling; sentiment: over and above our reason and affections.
- the emotional realm of love: a place in his affections.
- affectional orientation,
Origin of affection1
Origin of affection2
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
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|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Judging by the pictures of President Truong Tan Sang and Obama, Vietnam is showing some affection back.
Our affection for him is not solely down to his (stunning) looks alone.
To their minds, he was like a child trying to test the limits of his family's patience and affection.
Mongan looked on the Hag of the Mill with delight and affection.Irish Fairy Tales|James Stephens
I was satisfied with the knowledge of her affection, which I felt would never change.The Privateersman|Frederick Marryat
I highly appreciate, and cordially reciprocate those warm and concurrent expressions of confidence and affection.The Story of My Life|Egerton Ryerson
But as long as there is affection in a man, why, there is Nature to begin with!
Sire, his offence—if offence it be— arose from the affection he bears me, and from no worse cause.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
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.