Definition of affection in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfekSH(ə)n/


1A gentle feeling of fondness or liking: she felt affection for the wise old lady 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, tenderness, warmth, devotion, endearment, care, caring, attachment, friendship;
warm feelings
1.1Physical expressions of affection: the prisoners crave affection and hence participate in sexual relationships
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  • Storge is a physical expression that indicates affection.
  • Physical affection is openly expressed between members of the same sex.
  • Participants were asked to rate physical affection with parents on 5-point Likert scales.
2 archaic The act or process of affecting or being affected.
2.1A condition of 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.
2.2A 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.’



Pronunciation: /əˈfekSH(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.


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

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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Syllabification: af·fec·tion

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