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

Definition of affection in English:


[mass noun]
1A gentle feeling of fondness or liking: she felt affection for the wise old lady [count noun]: he won a place in her affections
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  • And I think about that so often, because of the universality of people's love and affection for their dads.
  • Douglas showed respect and affection for the people he portrayed.
  • Such performers have an intimacy with and affection for the people they imitate that a mere jester doesn't.
fondness, love, liking, endearment, feeling, sentiment, tenderness, warmth, warmness, devotion, care;
caring, attentiveness, closeness, attachment, affinity, friendliness, friendship, intimacy, familiarity;
amity, favour, regard, respect, admiration;
warm feelings
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.’


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



Pronunciation: /əˈfɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with affection

abjection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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