One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A gentle feeling of fondness or liking.‘she felt affection for the wise old lady’count noun ‘he won a place in her affections’
fondness, love, liking, endearment, feeling, sentiment, tenderness, warmth, warmness, devotion, careView synonyms
- ‘He was devoted to his family and his concern, care and affection for them was of the highest calibre.’
- ‘I have a great affinity and affection for my American counterparts.’
- ‘It's my party after all and I have both loyalty and affection for those who carry our banner forward.’
- ‘Douglas showed respect and affection for the people he portrayed.’
- ‘Like all the veterans who fought in Holland, he has tremendous affection for the Dutch people.’
- ‘And I think about that so often, because of the universality of people's love and affection for their dads.’
- ‘And Canadians have always had this sort of affection for us and we've always had this affection for the Canadian people.’
- ‘When I go out and about people have incredible affection for me and I think well, that's not bad.’
- ‘But, out of respect and affection for Dave, I'll add it to the growing list of banned words.’
- ‘Family members played some traditional airs at the Mass in appreciation of Maureen's great love and affection for the music.’
- ‘His love for children and affection for the sick have endeared him to all.’
- ‘He felt almost intoxicated with admiration and affection for this man.’
- ‘The people who work with her feel I think a lot of respect and affection for her, and she unleashes people's energies.’
- ‘There is still embedded in Irish culture a deep respect and genuine affection for the Pope and the office of the Papacy.’
- ‘Such performers have an intimacy with and affection for the people they imitate that a mere jester doesn't.’
- ‘This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.’
- ‘The director… suddenly begins to show affection for the people on the stage.’
- ‘I have a real personal admiration and affection for him, and I hope and believe he does for me as well.’
- ‘‘He was a real gentleman and a lot of people had great affection for him,’ she said.’
- ‘And I know I'll never ever lose affection for the people and place that once played such an important role in my life.’
2archaic The action or process of affecting or being affected.
- 2.1count noun A condition or disease.‘an affection of the skin’
- ‘The manipulations that are now taught under the name of ‘massage’ are useless for the treatment of local affections.’
- ‘I suffered from an affection of the sight, which forbade all use of the eyes for purposes of study.’
- ‘He suffered from an affection of the bladder, and was at length compelled to resort to a surgical operation for relief.’
- ‘Cyanosis with shortness of breath is more frequent in pulmonary than cardiac affections.’
- ‘Elder flowers are a popular herbal treatment for all bronchial and pulmonary affections.’
- 2.2count noun A mental state; an emotion.
emotions, feelings, sentiments, soul, mind, bosom, breastView synonyms
- ‘This volume argued that true religion resides in the heart, or the seat of affections, emotions, and inclinations.’
- ‘He remarks that the passions are also called affections or perturbations of the mind, as well as motions and affects.’
- ‘Passions, or affections that include fear, hate, love, hope and so on, are not spiritual but bodily.’
- ‘When the minister in Hawthorne's story donned the veil, ‘its gloom… enabled him to sympathise with all dark affections.’’
- 2.1count noun A condition or disease.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin affectio(n-), from afficere ‘to influence’ (see affect).
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