Definition of affection in English:


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


[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.
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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.’


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



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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.

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