- 1Behaviour, speech, or writing that is pretentious and designed to impress: the affectation of a man who measures every word for effect [count noun]: she called the room her boudoir, which he thought an affectationMore example sentences
- Donald's love of sport was not some kind of affectation designed to bring him street credibility in constituency walkabouts.
- Ri smiled and decided to drop her officious speech affectation.
- Each of the performers is distinctive because of his or her unique appearance or affectation.
- 1.1 [count noun] A studied display of real or pretended feeling: an affectation of calmMore example sentences
- On a record composed of cinematic affectations, how much of the feeling is real?
- Ironic postures, become her target every bit as much as sentimental affectations of feeling.
- But in the end, their gluttony, loneliness, and affectations - their rabid humanity is what interests me.
mid 16th century: from Latin affectatio(n-), from the verb affectare (see affect2).