Definition of affectation in English:



mass noun
  • 1Behaviour, speech, or writing that is pretentious and designed to impress.

    ‘the affectation of a man who measures every word for effect’
    count noun ‘she called the room her boudoir, which he thought an affectation’
    • ‘Despite what many of your comrades believe, showering is not just a middle class affectation.’
    • ‘Each of the performers is distinctive because of his or her unique appearance or affectation.’
    • ‘They had, for whatever did not form part of their group, no affectation of contempt; their genuine contempt was sufficient.’
    • ‘Names drop from her lips without a hint of affectation.’
    • ‘Ri smiled and decided to drop her officious speech affectation.’
    • ‘Surely even most conservatives cringe when they see this type of ridiculous affectation.’
    • ‘He doesn't use correct punctuation, and I think it may be more affectation than lack of education.’
    • ‘Call it affectation if you will, it's still particularly well done.’
    • ‘This hint at rags is a fashion, or affectation, that I find offensive.’
    • ‘He plays the guitar in an Irish band (it isn't a politician's affectation: they've been going for 20 years).’
    • ‘But these techniques are not stylish affectation.’
    • ‘His work was lucid, direct, perceptive and totally without affectation.’
    • ‘In a lesser artist and person, we might have suspected mere affectation, or an attempt at playing the reluctant genius.’
    • ‘But showing off is one thing, and vanity is another, and envy is a third, and affectation is something else.’
    • ‘‘This is perhaps the creator's message,’ continued my vegetarian friend with the pious affectation.’
    • ‘First names are not used, a classic public school affectation.’
    • ‘Not every American politician could manage this, without affectation.’
    • ‘With flamboyance and little affectation, she explained the functions and advantages of optical fibre communication.’
    • ‘Donald's love of sport was not some kind of affectation designed to bring him street credibility in constituency walkabouts.’
    • ‘Perhaps this second variety is not style at all, but affectation.’
    pretension, pretentiousness, affectedness, artificiality, insincerity, posturing, posing, pretence, ostentation, grandiosity, snobbery, superciliousness
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    1. 1.1count noun A studied display of real or pretended feeling.
      ‘an affectation of calm’
      • ‘The actor's affectations are little creepy at some points, but overall, I love the job he did.’
      • ‘They charm rather than irritate, because all their eccentricities and affectations are clearly so deeply felt.’
      • ‘But in the end, their gluttony, loneliness, and affectations - their rabid humanity is what interests me.’
      • ‘On a record composed of cinematic affectations, how much of the feeling is real?’
      • ‘Ironic postures, become her target every bit as much as sentimental affectations of feeling.’
      facade, front, show, appearance, false display, pretence, simulation, posture, pose, sham, fake, act, masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer, guise
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Mid 16th century: from Latin affectatio(n-), from the verb affectare (see affect).