affection (third-person singular simple present affections, present participle affectioning, simple past and past participle affectioned)
1.fond attachment, devotion, or love, the affection of a parent for an only child.
2.Often, affections. emotion; feeling; sentiment, over and above our reason and affections.the emotional realm of love, a place in his affections.
3.Pathology. a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind, a gouty affection.
4.the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
5.the state of being affected.
6.Philosophy. a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
7.the affective aspect of a mental process.
8.bent or disposition of mind.
9.Obsolete. bias; prejudice.
1.affectation (defs 1–3).
1. a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
2. (often pl) emotion, feeling, or sentiment, to play on a person's affections
3. (pathol) any disease or pathological condition
4. (psychol) any form of mental functioning that involves emotion See also affect1 (sense 2)
5. the act of affecting or the state of being affected
6. (archaic) inclination or disposition Derived Formsaffectional, adjective Word OriginC13, from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.
She snuggled against his body, but this time when she lifted her lips for his affection, he laughed.
But first I need company and the affection of a sweet little friend.
He closed his eyes, enjoying her affection and her emotion.
Deidre wasn't certain if there was any affection for his daughter, though his persistence in healing her was a sign of either care or obligation.
It was unclear if the gesture was a token of affection or made to emphasize a point in her animated conversation.
There was no emotion in the demon lord's voice, no indication of warmth or affection whatsoever.
He.d gone from being tormented by his own mother to the affection of an abusive father who regretted ever having him.
He'd granted favors to women as a way of releasing his frustration, but never with any real affection-- just physical need.
Tim didn't show much affection, even to his thirteen sons.
There would be time enough for affection after the party – when they were alone.
Lifting her chin for his affection, she forced his lips down to hers.
Not once had she declared any affection for him.
This affection was amply returned.
Her heart is too full of unselfishness and affection to allow a dream of fear or unkindness.
She said her only consolation was the fact that the princess allowed her to share her sorrow, that all the old misunderstandings should sink into nothing but this great grief; that she felt herself blameless in regard to everyone, and that he, from above, saw her affection and gratitude.
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