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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

af•fect*əˈfɛkt; ˈæf ɛkt(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to produce an effect or change in:

    Cold weather affected the crops.

  2. to impress the mind or move the feelings of:

    The music affected him deeply.

  3. (of pain, disease, etc.) to attack or lay hold of.

    Category: Pathology

  4. (n.)feeling or emotion.

    Category: Psychiatry

  5. Psychiatry. an expressed or observed emotional response.

    Category: Psychiatry

  6. Obs. inward disposition or feeling.

* Usage: Because of similarity in pronunciation, affect and effect are sometimes confused in writing. The spelling affect is used of two different words. The verb affect1 means “to act on” or “to move” (His words affected the crowd so deeply that many wept); the noun affect1, pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, refers to emotion or, in psychiatry, emotional response. affect2 is not used as a noun; as a verb it means “to pretend” or “to assume” (new students affecting a nonchalance they didn't feel). The verb effect means “to bring about, accomplish”: Her administration effected radical changes. The noun effect means “result, consequence”: the serious effects of the oil spill.

Origin of affect:

1350–1400; ME, < L affectus



  1. to pretend or feign:

    to affect knowledge of history.

  2. to assume artificially, pretentiously, or for effect:

    to affect a British accent.

  3. to use, wear, or adopt by preference:

    to affect an outrageous costume.

  4. to assume the character or attitude of:

    to affect the freethinker.

  5. (of substances) to tend toward habitually or naturally:

    to affect colloidal form.

  6. Archaic. to have affection for. to aspire to.

  7. (v.i.)Obs. to incline:

    She affects to the old ways.

* Syn: See pretend.Usage: See affect1.

Origin of affect:

1400–50; late ME < MF affecter < L affectāre



  1. affecter(Noun)

    A person who affects to know something or to be something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affecter(noun)

    one who affects, assumes, pretends, or strives after


  1. Affecter

    The Affecter was an Attic black-figure vase painter, active in Athens around 550 to 530 BCE. His conventional name is derived from his artificial affected style of figural painting, on the basis of which about 135 vases can be ascribed to him. He was active as both potter and painter. His speciality were amphorae. He mainly painted ovoid amphorae and belly amphorae, of the then newly introduced type C. Most of the 132 vases associated with him were found in Etruscan tombs and as such are usually well preserved. He was interested particularly in the decorative effect of his images, composed of stylised figures in long cloaks or with affected gestures; narrative content was secondary. In his tendency to formulaic figures and multiple details, the Affecter is a successor to the Amasis Painter, from whom he may have learnt his trade, but whose artistic talent he did not however reach. Together with the painter Elbows Out, he is considered to be a mannerist of the black-figure style. His images often seem to reflect a surreal world. His figures usually have small heads and seemingly upholstered bodies, when clothed, or angular pointed ones, when naked. His ornaments are very carefully drawn. He often decorated garments with coloured dots. His ornaments seem closely related to those of East Greek workshops, such as the Klazomenai Group or the Northampton Group, indicating regular cultural exchange between Attica and Ionia. A special feature of his amphorae is the replacement of the usual figural decoration on the neck by vegetal ornaments.

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to act or have an effect on

Rain affects the grass; His kidneys have been affected by the disease.

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