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af·fec·tion

 (ə-fĕk′shən)
n.
1. A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
2. often affections Feeling or emotion: an unbalanced state of affections.
3. A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
4. Obsolete Prejudice; partiality.

[Middle English affeccioun, from Old French affection, from Latin affectiō, affectiōn-, from affectus, past participle of afficere, to affect, influence; see affect1.]

af·fec′tion·al adj.
af·fec′tion·al·ly adv.

affection

(əˈfɛkʃən)
n
1. a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
2. (often plural) emotion, feeling, or sentiment: to play on a person's affections.
3. (Pathology) pathol any disease or pathological condition
4. (Psychology) psychol any form of mental functioning that involves emotion. See also affect12
5. the act of affecting or the state of being affected
6. archaic inclination or disposition
[C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect1]
afˈfectional adj

af•fec•tion

(əˈfɛk ʃən)

n.
1. fond attachment, devotion, or love.
2. Often, affections.
a. emotion; feeling: to let the affections sway our reason.
b. the emotional realm of love: to hold a place in one's affections.
3. a diseased condition: a gouty affection.
4. the act of affecting, or the state of being affected.
5. bent or disposition of mind.
[1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin affectiō]
af•fec′tion•less, adj.

Affection

 

See Also: FRIENDSHIP, LOVE

  1. Affectionate as a miser toward his money —Anon
  2. (She had an) affection for her children almost like a cool governess —D. H. Lawrence
  3. Affection is the youth of the heart, and thought is the heart’s maturity —Kahlil Gibran

    Gibran completed the simile with “But oratory is its senility.”

  4. Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles —Leigh Hunt
  5. Affection, like spring flowers, breaks through the most frozen ground at last —Jeremy Bentham
  6. Affection, like the nut within the shell, wants freedom —Dion Boucicault
  7. Affection or love … intended for someone else and spilled accidentally like a bottle of ink under a dragging sleeve —Diane Wakoski
  8. Affections are like slippers; they will wear out —Edgar Saltus
  9. The affections, like conscience, are rather to be led than driven —Thomas Fuller
  10. Her cowlike, awkward affection surrounding him like a moist fog —Hank Searls
  11. The human affections, like the solar heat, lose their intensity as they depart from the center —Alexander Hamilton
  12. My affection has no bottom, like the Bay of Portugal —William Shakespeare

    The shorter, more commonly used “Affection is like a bottomless well” was more than likely inspired by this comparison from As You Like It

  13. She was like a cat in her fondness for nearness, for stroking, touching, nestling —Katherine Anne Porter
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.affection - a positive feeling of likingaffection - a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
attachment, fond regard - a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
protectiveness - a feeling of protective affection
regard, respect - a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect"
soft spot - a sentimental affection; "she had a soft spot for her youngest son"

affection

affection

noun
1. The condition of being closely tied to another by affection or faith:
2. A complex and usually strong subjective response, such as love or hate:
Translations
عَطْف، حُنُو، حُب
náklonostsympatie
hengivenhedkærlighedømhed
vonzalom
hlÿhugur, ástúî
meiliaimeilusprielankumassimpatija
pieķeršanāssimpātijasafektsietekmeietekmēšana
naklonjenost

affection

[əˈfekʃən] Nafecto m (for, towards a hacia) → cariño m
to transfer one's affectionsdar su amor a otro/a

affection

[əˈfɛkʃən] naffection f
He has a special place in the affections of the public → Il est très aimé du public.
to feel affection for sb → avoir de l'affection pour qn
to win sb's affection → gagner l'affection de qn

affection

n
(= fondness)Zuneigung f no pl(for, towards zu); to win somebody’s affections (dated, hum)jds Zuneigung gewinnen; I have or feel a great affection for herich mag sie sehr gerne; don’t you even feel any affection for her at all?fühlst du denn gar nichts für sie?; you could show a little more affection toward(s) medu könntest mir gegenüber etwas mehr Gefühl zeigen; children who lacked affectionKinder, denen die Liebe fehlte; everybody needs a little affectionjeder braucht ein bisschen Liebe; he has a special place in her affectionser nimmt einen besonderen Platz in ihrem Herzen ein; display of affectionAusdruck mvon Zärtlichkeit
(Med) → Erkrankung f, → Affektion f (spec)

affection

[əˈfɛkʃn] naffetto

affection

(əˈfekʃən) noun
liking or fondness. I have great affection for her, but she never shows any affection towards me.
afˈfectionate (-nət) adjective
having or showing affection. an affectionate child; She is very affectionate towards her mother.
afˈfectionately adverb

af·fec·tion

n. [sickness] afección, dolencia, enfermedad; [feeling] expresión de cariño, afecto o afección.

affection

n cariño, afecto
References in classic literature ?
His recollection of Harriet, and the words which clothed it, the "beautiful little friend," suggested to her the idea of Harriet's succeeding her in his affections.
THERE be none of the affections, which have been noted to fascinate or bewitch, but love and envy.
They had overcome their natural sympathy with human frailties and affections.
Mrs Clay's affections had overpowered her interest, and she had sacrificed, for the young man's sake, the possibility of scheming longer for Sir Walter.
But we are often made to feel that our affections are but tents of a night.
Only, he imagined, for he was at the age when illusions are as yet replaced only by illusions, that the affections of blood and family were the sole ones necessary, and that a little brother to love sufficed to fill an entire existence.
The Mother fondles one and nurtures it with the greatest affection and care, but hates and neglects the other.
But some of us, regarding the ocean with understanding and affection, have seen it looking old, as if the immemorial ages had been stirred up from the undisturbed bottom of ooze.
Expressions which are in no way composite signify substance, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, position, state, action, or affection.
Bennet missed his second daughter exceedingly; his affection for her drew him oftener from home than any thing else could do.
They said he was Sensible, well-informed, and Agreable; we did not pretend to Judge of such trifles, but as we were convinced he had no soul, that he had never read the sorrows of Werter, and that his Hair bore not the least resemblance to auburn, we were certain that Janetta could feel no affection for him, or at least that she ought to feel none.
Vernon would allow something to my affection for herself and her husband in the length of my visit, she would do more justice to us all; but my sister is unhappily prejudiced beyond the hope of conviction against Lady Susan.