Definitions for affectionəˈfɛk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

af•fec•tionəˈfɛk ʃən(n.)

  1. fond attachment, devotion, or love.

  2. Often, affections. emotion; feeling: the emotional realm of love:

    to let the affections sway our reason.

    to hold a place in one's affections.

  3. a diseased condition:

    a gouty affection.

    Category: Pathology

  4. the act of affecting, or the state of being affected.

  5. bent or disposition of mind.

Origin of affection:

1200–50; ME < OF < L affectiō

af•fec′tion•less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia(noun)

    a positive feeling of liking

    "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. affection(noun)əˈfɛk ʃən

    a feeling of caring

    her affection for her students; not very good at showing affection

Wiktionary

  1. affection(Noun)

    The act of affecting or acting upon.

  2. affection(Noun)

    The state of being affected.

  3. affection(Noun)

    An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.

  4. affection(Noun)

    Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency.

  5. affection(Noun)

    Kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; settled good will.

    Usage note: often in the plural; formerly followed by "to", but now more generally by "for" or "toward(s)"; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children

  6. affection(Noun)

    Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. --Dunglison.

  7. affection(Verb)

    to feel an affection, emotion or love for.

  8. Origin: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affection(noun)

    the act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected

  2. Affection(noun)

    an attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies

  3. Affection(noun)

    bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency

  4. Affection(noun)

    a settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; -- often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children

  5. Affection(noun)

    prejudice; bias

  6. Affection(noun)

    disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection

  7. Affection(noun)

    the lively representation of any emotion

  8. Affection(noun)

    affectation

  9. Affection(noun)

    passion; violent emotion

Freebase

  1. Affection

    Affection or fondness is a "disposition or rare state of mind or body" that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning emotion, disease, influence, state of being, "Affection" is popularly used to denote a feeling or type of love, amounting to more than goodwill or friendship. Writers on ethics generally use the word to refer to distinct states of feeling, both lasting and spasmodic. Some contrast it with passion as being free from the distinctively sensual element.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'affection' in Nouns Frequency: #2178


Translations for affection

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

affection(noun)

liking or fondness

I have great affection for her, but she never shows any affection towards me.

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