Affection definition

ə-fĕkshən
Frequency:
Feeling or emotion.

An unbalanced state of affections.

noun
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A mental or emotional state or tendency; disposition or feeling.
noun
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4
A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
noun
22
6
Fond or tender feeling; warm liking.
noun
14
2
(archaic) An attribute or property of a thing.
noun
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2
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An affecting or being affected.
noun
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2
(obsolete) Prejudice; partiality.
noun
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1
A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
noun
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(archaic) A disease; ailment.
noun
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2
A feeling of love or strong attachment.
noun
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1
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To feel an affection, emotion or love for.
verb
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The definition of affection is love, or a fond attachment for something or something.

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.

noun
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The act of affecting or acting upon.
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The state of being affected.
noun
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2
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.
noun
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(medicine, archaic) Disease; morbid symptom; malady.
noun
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2
An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
affection
Plural:
affections

Origin of affection

  • Middle English affeccioun from Old French affection from Latin affectiō affectiōn- from affectus past participle of afficere to affect, influence affect1

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

  • From French affection, from Latin affectionem, from affectio; see affect.

    From Wiktionary