What does affection mean?

Definitions for affection
əˈfɛk ʃənaf·fec·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word affection.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philianoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. affectionnoun

    The act of affecting or acting upon.

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

  2. affectionnoun

    The state of being affected.

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

  3. affectionnoun

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

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

  4. affectionnoun

    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.

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

  5. affectionnoun

    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

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

  6. affectionnoun

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

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

  7. affectionverb

    to feel an affection, emotion or love for.

    Etymology: From affection, from affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affectionnoun

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

  2. Affectionnoun

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

  3. Affectionnoun

    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. Affectionnoun

    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. Affectionnoun

    prejudice; bias

  6. Affectionnoun

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

  7. Affectionnoun

    the lively representation of any emotion

  8. Affectionnoun

    affectation

  9. Affectionnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Affection

    af-fek′shun, n. kindness or love: attachment: (Shak.) affectation: an attribute or property: a disposition of mind: a disease or abnormal state of body or mind.—adjs. Affec′tional; Affec′tionate, full of affection: loving: (obs.) eager, passionate, well inclined to; Affec′tionated (obs.).—adv. Affec′tionately.—n. Affec′tionateness.—adj. Affec′tioned (B.), affected, disposed: (Shak.) full of affectation. [L. See Affect.]

Editors Contribution

  1. affection

    The ability to feel, touch and give attention using love.

    They did show beautiful affection towards each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affection in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of affection in a Sentence

  1. Marco Rubio:

    I will always have tremendous affection and respect for him despite the fact that -- because of a weird quirk of fate -- we ended up running for the same office at the same time, i did not run for president to stop Jeb Bush. I ran for president because I believe that America's greatest days lie ahead if we do what needs to be done right now in 2016.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    I don't adopt the way of other's stairs and shoulders to confess my feelings, emotions, or devotion, dedication, and affection and not even the third party to involve and participate in my private matters. I appreciate and respect the direct expression that inspires purity and reality.

  3. Lydia Child:

    The nearer society approaches to divine order, the less separation will there be in the characters, duties, and pursuits of men and women. Women will not become less gentle and graceful, but men will become more so. Women will not neglect the care and education of their children, but men will find themselves ennobled and refined by sharing those duties with them; and will receive, in return, co-operation and sympathy in the discharge of various other duties, now deemed inappropriate to women. The more women become rational companions, partners in business and in thought, as well as in affection and amusement, the more highly will men appreciate home.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi, 1922 Circuit House speech (court) charged with "attempting to disaffect towrds his majestys government":

    Affection cannot be manufactored or regulated by law. If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should be free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection, so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite to violence.

  5. Freddy Ford:

    She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like, when I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection.

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