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affectation

Line breaks: af¦fect|ation
Pronunciation: /afɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of affectation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
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 affectation
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A studied display of real or pretended feeling: an affectation of calm
More 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.
Synonyms
facade, front, show, appearance, false display, pretence, simulation, posture, pose, sham, fake, act, masquerade, charade, mask, cloak, veil, veneer, guise;
make-believe, play-acting, feigning, shamming

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin affectatio(n-), from the verb affectare (see affect2).

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