- An affectation is defined as a pretentious and fake action or change in speech or behavior intended to get the attention of other people.
An example of an affectation would be an artificial accent.
- The definition of an affectation is an attempt to appear to be possessed.
An example of an affectation is the behavior of the character in the movie Carrie.
- an affecting or pretending to like, have, etc.; show or pretense
- artificial behavior meant to impress others; mannerism for effect
Origin: Classical Latin affectatio ; from past participle of affectare, affect
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- A show, pretense, or display.
- a. Behavior that is assumed rather than natural; artificiality.b. A particular habit, as of speech or dress, adopted to give a false impression.
Origin: Latin affectātiō, affectātiōn-, from affectātus, past participle of affectāre, to strive after; see affect2.