- 1Have an effect on; make a difference to: the dampness began to affect my health [with clause]: your attitude will affect how successful you areMore example sentences
- Differences in environment or health status may affect how people respond to subjective assessments.
- This is beginning to affect how the law determines which of these relationships should be given legal recognition.
- The effects of the hunger affected each of their kind differently.
- 1.1Touch the feelings of; move emotionally: he was visibly affected by the tragedyMore example sentences
upset, trouble, hit hard, overwhelm, devastate, damage, hurt, pain, grieve, sadden, distress, disturb, perturb, agitate, shake, shake up, stir; move, touch, tug at someone's heartstrings; make an impression ontouching, moving, emotive, powerful, stirring, impressive, telling, soul-stirring, uplifting, heart-warming; poignant, pathetic, pitiful, piteous, plaintive, emotional, tear-jerking, heart-rending, heartbreaking, disturbing, distressing, upsetting, saddening, sad, painful, agonizing, harrowing, tragic, haunting
- We all collude in the anticipation of a fatal outcome, even if we are emotionally affected or shaken when it occurs.
- Take their feelings to heart, too-this move affects everybody.
- He's the only person in Brighton who affects me emotionally; everyone else I know is wonderful, and easy.
late Middle English (in the sense 'attack as a disease'): from French affecter or Latin affect- 'influenced, affected', from the verb afficere (see affect2).
Affect and effect are quite different in meaning, though frequently confused. Affect is primarily a verb meaning ‘make a difference to’, as in their gender need not affect their career . Effect, on the other hand, is used both as a noun and a verb, meaning ‘a result’ as a noun ( move the cursor until you get the effect you want ) or ‘bring about a result’ as a verb ( growth in the economy can only be effected by stringent economic controls ).
- 1Pretend to have or feel (something): as usual I affected a supreme unconcern [with infinitive]: a book that affects to loathe the modern worldMore example sentences
- Although the author affects befuddlement, his book demonstrates an unfaltering sense of self.
- The boy then sat on top of the pillow, affecting an air of supreme indifference.
- One can affect unawareness, feign indifference or summon up some other defense against such entreaties.
- 1.1Use, wear, or assume (something) pretentiously or so as to make an impression on others: an Anglophile who had affected a British accentMore example sentences
- He has enough shirt buttons undone to wear a medallion, but instead affects a necklace.
- Sometimes you become very aware that you're watching an actor affecting crazy mannerisms in a crazy movie.
- Her haughty tone affected the third voice, giving him the impression that she was annoyed.
late Middle English: from French affecter or Latin affectare 'aim at', frequentative of afficere 'work on, influence', from ad- 'at, to' + facere 'do'. The original sense was 'like, love', hence '(like to) use, assume, etc.'.
noun[mass noun] Psychology
- Emotion or desire as influencing behaviour.More example sentences
- By triggering affect and emotion, intolerant behaviors are set in motion.
- We have come a long way from Freud's affect theory to viewing emotions as joining and integrating minds.
- This, says Jung, is because they confuse feeling with emotion or affect.
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- Watson's descriptions of his encounters with these women is affectless and somehow totally centered about his own ego.
- The affectless voyeurism and exhibitionism of reality TV has undoubtedly inspired the movie.
- His expression was bland and grim and affectless.
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- Sherman's declamatory vocals add a precise note of affectlessness to his incisive lyrics about romantic dislocation.
- Both the exhilaration and the hollow affectlessness of everything that follows proceed directly from this game plan.
- And the movie's weird mixture of moralism and affectlessness cancel each other out.
late 19th century: coined in German from Latin affectus 'disposition', from afficere 'to influence' (see affect2).