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’‘he won a place in her affections’
fondness, love, liking, endearment, feeling, sentiment, tenderness, warmth, warmness, devotion, careView synonyms
- ‘I have a great affinity and affection for my American counterparts.’
- ‘But, out of respect and affection for Dave, I'll add it to the growing list of banned words.’
- ‘When I go out and about people have incredible affection for me and I think well, that's not bad.’
- ‘His love for children and affection for the sick have endeared him to all.’
- ‘And I think about that so often, because of the universality of people's love and affection for their dads.’
- ‘‘He was a real gentleman and a lot of people had great affection for him,’ she said.’
- ‘He was devoted to his family and his concern, care and affection for them was of the highest calibre.’
- ‘And I know I'll never ever lose affection for the people and place that once played such an important role in my life.’
- ‘The people who work with her feel I think a lot of respect and affection for her, and she unleashes people's energies.’
- ‘And Canadians have always had this sort of affection for us and we've always had this affection for the Canadian people.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There is still embedded in Irish culture a deep respect and genuine affection for the Pope and the office of the Papacy.’
- ‘The director… suddenly begins to show affection for the people on the stage.’
- ‘Family members played some traditional airs at the Mass in appreciation of Maureen's great love and affection for the music.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I have a real personal admiration and affection for him, and I hope and believe he does for me as well.’
- ‘He felt almost intoxicated with admiration and affection for this man.’
- ‘Like all the veterans who fought in Holland, he has tremendous affection for the Dutch people.’
- 1.1 Physical expressions of affection.‘they are lonely and they crave affection’
- ‘But it had been so long since I'd received any kind of physical affection that I let it continue.’
- ‘Storge is a physical expression that indicates affection.’
- ‘Physical affection is openly expressed between members of the same sex.’
- ‘Mothers seldom show physical or verbal affection to children.’
- ‘Participants were asked to rate physical affection with parents on 5-point Likert scales.’
2archaic The act or process of affecting or being affected.
- 2.1 A condition or disease.‘an affection of the skin’
- ‘Elder flowers are a popular herbal treatment for all bronchial and pulmonary affections.’
- ‘He suffered from an affection of the bladder, and was at length compelled to resort to a surgical operation for relief.’
- ‘The manipulations that are now taught under the name of ‘massage’ are useless for the treatment of local affections.’
- ‘Cyanosis with shortness of breath is more frequent in pulmonary than cardiac affections.’
- ‘I suffered from an affection of the sight, which forbade all use of the eyes for purposes of study.’
- 2.2 A mental state; an emotion.
emotions, feelings, sentiments, soul, mind, bosom, breastView synonyms
- ‘He remarks that the passions are also called affections or perturbations of the mind, as well as motions and affects.’
- ‘This volume argued that true religion resides in the heart, or the seat of affections, emotions, and inclinations.’
- ‘When the minister in Hawthorne's story donned the veil, ‘its gloom… enabled him to sympathise with all dark affections.’’
- ‘Passions, or affections that include fear, hate, love, hope and so on, are not spiritual but bodily.’
- 2.1 A condition or disease.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin affectio(n-), from afficere ‘to influence’ (see affect).
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