Definition of affection in English:


Syllabification: af·fec·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈfekSHən


  • 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.’



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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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