Definition of affection in English:


Line breaks: af|fec¦tion
Pronunciation: /əˈfɛkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2 archaic The action or process of affecting or being affected.
  • 2.1 [count noun] A condition or disease: an affection of the skin
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    • Elder flowers are a popular herbal treatment for all bronchial and pulmonary affections.
    • The manipulations that are now taught under the name of ‘massage’ are useless for the treatment of local affections.
    • Cyanosis with shortness of breath is more frequent in pulmonary than cardiac affections.
  • 2.2 [count noun] A mental state; an emotion.
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    • Passions, or affections that include fear, hate, love, hope and so on, are not spiritual but bodily.
    • This volume argued that true religion resides in the heart, or the seat of affections, emotions, and inclinations.
    • When the minister in Hawthorne's story donned the veil, ‘its gloom… enabled him to sympathise with all dark affections.’



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  • Sexual orientation has many dimensions including erotic and affectional fantasies.
  • Future research could include measures of affectional bonding to or romantic desire for males or females.
  • Attachment theory emphasizes the propensity for human beings to make and maintain powerful affectional bonds.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin affectio(n-), from afficere 'to influence' (see affect2).

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