What does affectation mean?

Definitions for affectationˌæf ɛkˈteɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affectation, mannerism, pose, affectedness(noun)

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display


  1. affectation(Noun)

    An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.

  2. affectation(Noun)

    An unusual mannerism.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1548. From affectationem (possibly via affectation), from affecto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affectation(noun)

    an attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show

  2. Affectation(noun)

    a striving after

  3. Affectation(noun)

    fondness; affection

  4. Origin: [L. affectatio: cf. F. affectation.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affectation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affectation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Bacon:

    Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.

  2. Lavater:

    All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.

  3. G. C. Lichtenberg:

    Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    In thy apparel avoid singularity, profuseness, and gaudiness. Be not too early in the fashion, nor too late. Decency is half way between affectation and neglect. The body is the shell of the soul, apparel is the husk of that shell; the husk often tells you what the kernel is.

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