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Related to affairs: Extramarital affairs


a. Something done or experienced; a matter or event: Preparing dessert was a messy affair.
b. A matter of personal concern: What I did is my own affair.
c. A matter causing public scandal and controversy: the Dreyfus affair.
d. A social function: The reception was a posh affair.
2. affairs
a. Transactions and other matters of professional or public business: affairs of state.
b. Personal business: get one's affairs in order.
3. An object or a contrivance: Their first car was a ramshackle affair.
4. A sexual relationship between two people, especially when at least one of them is married or in another committed romantic relationship.

[Middle English affaire, from Old French afaire, from a faire, to do : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + faire, to do (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).]


pl n
1. personal or business interests: his affairs were in disorder.
2. matters of public interest: current affairs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.affairs - matters of personal concernaffairs - matters of personal concern; "get his affairs in order"
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
dirty laundry, dirty linen - personal matters that could be embarrassing if made public
2.affairs - transactions of professional or public interestaffairs - transactions of professional or public interest; "news of current affairs"; "great affairs of state"
transaction, dealing, dealings - the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities); "no transactions are possible without him"; "he has always been honest is his dealings with me"
international affairs, world affairs - affairs between nations; "you can't really keep up with world affairs by watching television"
politics - the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government; "unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years"; "government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics"
References in classic literature ?
Laurie opened his mouth to ask another question, but remembering just in time that it wasn't manners to make too many inquiries into people's affairs, he shut it again, and looked uncomfortable.
The man was in a hurry to go about his own affairs and left the boy at the head of the street in which the Hardy house stood.
That is if you're through telling me about my affairs," for Ned, who had formerly worked in the Shopton bank, had recently been made general financial man- ager of the interests of Tom and his father.
Ambrosch and Antonia always greeted him respectfully, and he asked them about their affairs and gave them advice as usual.
The ground he had lost in the favor of his people was completely regained, and he found himself even placed at the head of affairs.
Andrews was now conducting him to that dignitary, and, in a moment, he would be free to return to his own affairs, which were the affairs of two continents.
Our affairs began to wear a new aspect, and the enemy, not daring to venture on open war, practised secret mischief at times.
Such was the position of affairs at Devil's Ford on the 13th of August, 1860.
The family of Colonel Pyncheon, at the epoch of his death, seemed destined to as fortunate a permanence as can anywise consist with the inherent instability of human affairs.
It is a little remarkable, that -- though disinclined to talk overmuch of myself and my affairs at the fireside, and to my personal friends -- an autobiographical impulse should twice in my life have taken possession of me, in addressing the public.
Then, Herbert," I would respond, "let us look into out affairs.
In a single State, the requisite knowledge relates to the existing laws which are uniform throughout the State, and with which all the citizens are more or less conversant; and to the general affairs of the State, which lie within a small compass, are not very diversified, and occupy much of the attention and conversation of every class of people.