Definition of affectation in English:


Syllabification: af·fec·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌafekˈtāSH(ə)n


1Behavior, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress: the affectation of a man who measures every word for effect 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.
airs (and graces)
1.1A 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.
facade, front, show, appearance, pretense, simulation, posture, pose


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

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