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, 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"

Wiktionary

  1. affection(Noun)

    The act of affecting or acting upon.

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

  2. affection(Noun)

    The state of being affected.

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

  3. affection(Noun)

    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. 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.

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

  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

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

  6. affection(Noun)

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

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

  7. affection(Verb)

    to feel an affection, emotion or love for.

    Etymology: 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.

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  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce affection?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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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. Geena Davis:

    There's still so much affection for the movie and we loved it.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

  3. Nick Lowe:

    It's a bit like seeing a silly film of yourself a bit drunk at a party and being forced to watch it. You recoil somewhat, it's not a place I like to go back to, reliving the old days, (though) I have a degree of affection for the little twit.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A person's heart is meant merely to keep care and concern for the kind people and definitely not love and affection for the car and motor engine.

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