A mother showing affection for her baby.
A mother hugging her child, a cat cuddling with his owner and a husband bringing flowers for his wife are each an example of affection.
- a mental or emotional state or tendency; disposition or feeling
- [often pl.] fond or tender feeling; warm liking
- an affecting or being affected
- Archaic a disease; ailment
- Archaic an attribute or property of a thing
Origin of affectionMiddle English affecciun from Old French affection from Classical Latin affectio, a state of feeling from past participle of afficere: see affect
- A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
- often affections Feeling or emotion: an unbalanced state of affections.
- A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
- Obsolete Prejudice; partiality.
Origin of affectionMiddle English affeccioun from Old French affection from Latin affectiō affectiōn- from affectus past participle of afficere to affect, influence ; see affect 1.
- The act of affecting or acting upon.
- The state of being affected.
- An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
- Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency.
- A feeling of love or strong attachment.
- (medicine, archaic) Disease; morbid symptom; malady.
In the sense of "feeling of love or strong attachment", it is often in the plural; formerly followed by "to", but now more generally by "for" or "toward(s)", for example filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children
(third-person singular simple present affections, present participle affectioned, simple past and past participle affectioning)