Definition of affected in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfɛktɪd/


1Influenced or touched by an external factor: affected areas
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  • People have been warned not to touch the water in affected areas.
  • The crystals inside the joint cause intense pain whenever the affected area is moved.
  • For all external uses, apply turmeric powder directly to the affected area every two hours, using a clean cloth.
2Pretentious and designed to impress: the gesture appeared both affected and stagy
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  • The character is all Ivy-league pretensions and affected accent.
  • I mean, if there's anything more affected than a fake accent, it's pretending you don't know you're doing it.
  • Mercifully, they have more or less avoided the affected, fake English accents that plagued the sub-genre.
pretentious, high-flown, ostentatious, pompous, grandiose, over-elaborate, overblown, overripe, overworked, overdone;
contrived, forced, laboured, strained, stiff, posed, stagy, studied, mannered, hollow, insincere, unconvincing;
artificial, unnatural, assumed, pretended, feigned, false, fake, faked, counterfeit, sham, simulated, spurious, pseudo, mock, imitation
informal la-di-da, hoity-toity, highfalutin, fancy-pants, posey, pseud, phoney, pretend, put on
British informal poncey, posh, toffee-nosed
3 [predicative] archaic Disposed or inclined in a specified way: you might become differently affected towards him
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  • This tribe has been well affected toward the French, but they are at present somewhat in revolt.
  • We think the true scholar will be affected toward language and Nature.
  • I frequently received visits also from the general who was very well affected toward me.



Pronunciation: /əˈfɛktɪdli/
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  • Most of these meetings are overcrowded, while the candidates affectedly brag about exceeded expectations.
  • In the first film she also fell foul of the normally amiable actor, who found her affectedly standoffish.
  • I have met, I believe, the two most affectedly camp people in the country, and I have the mental scars to prove it.

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