Affectation meaning

ăfĕk-tāshən
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Behavior characterized by such mannerisms or habits; artificiality.

A simpering manner that was mere affectation.

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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.

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A mannerism or habit that is assumed rather than natural, especially to impress others.
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An affecting or pretending to like, have, etc.; show or pretense.
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Artificial behavior meant to impress others; mannerism for effect.
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An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.

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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.

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An unusual mannerism.
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Origin of affectation

  • Latin affectātiō affectātiōn- from affectātus past participle of affectāre to strive after affect2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1548. From Latin affectātiōnem (possibly via French affectation), from affectō (“I feign”).

    From Wiktionary