• WordNet 3.6
    • n affectionateness a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
    • n affectionateness 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Gaius Caesar was a boy, Roman soldiers affectionately nicknamed him "little boots" for the boy-sized military footwear he sported.
    • n Affectionateness The quality of being affectionate; fondness; affection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n affectionateness The quality of being affectionate; fondness; good will; affection.
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  • Ovid
    “Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.”
  • Leo Rosten
    “Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.”
  • William Hogarth
    William Hogarth
    “You know I won't turn over a new leaf I am so obstinate, but then I am no less obstinate in being your affectionate Husband.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.”
  • George Eliot
    “People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.”


In literature:

I should not omit to tell you in this quantity of egotism that my husband's father and sister have received me most affectionately.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
He directed my studies in the law, led me into business, and continued, until death, my most affectionate friend.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
We all join in love to Mrs. Monroe; and accept for yourself assurances of sincere and affectionate friendship.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Accept my affectionate salutations, and assurances of great esteem and respect.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
And he hoped his father had overlooked the past; and he remained ever her affectionate son, William Gum.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Your ever affectionate, J.H.E.
"Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books" by Horatia K. F. Eden
Mrs. Carnegie excused her as very affectionate, and as tired and overdone.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
She was ingenuously interested in her fate, and affectionately sympathetic.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Lillian looked at her half amusedly, half affectionately.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He would have preferred to take his walk alone, but he could not get rid of his affectionate countryman.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
He is described as a model son, an affectionate brother and a faithful friend.
"The Loves of Great Composers" by Gustav Kobbé
I received an affectionate welcome from my uncle and aunt upon my return, and I was truly glad to find myself once more at home.
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
The family consisted of Mrs. Hadwin, two simple and affectionate girls, his daughters, and servants.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
On the journey Lady Byron wrote a letter to her husband, couched in playful, affectionate language.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
And now, after years of silence and affectionate wifely submission, Mrs. Wrottesley was asserting herself.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
They were a family who went in for affectionate greetings.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
My father has brought me up affectionately.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
These poor creatures were very affectionate, and had greatly endeared themselves to their neighbors.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
We have seen Miss O'Mahony taking a few liberties with her lover, but still very affectionate.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Remember me affectionately to Dorothy, and believe me.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble

In poetry:

We talked with open heart, and tongue
Affectionate and true,
A pair of friends, though I was young,
And Matthew seventy-two.
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
Calm grew the sea, and tumultuous beating
Turn'd to a ripple as Unda the fair
Trod the wet sands in affectionate greeting,
Beckon'd to me, and no longer was there!
"The Bride Of The Sea" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
I climb to the top of the highest of hills
And look to the west with affectionate thrills,
And fancy I stand by the emerald side
Of charming Geneva, like Switzerland's pride.
"Holiday Home." by Hattie Howard
While the Beaver confessed, with affectionate looks
More eloquent even than tears,
It had learned in ten minutes far more than all books
Would have taught it in seventy years.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Then comes my son Ernest, an affectionate boy,
So true and so thoughtful, never aught but a joy,
E'er steady and happy, eyes earnest and clear;
His dear voice so merry, methinks I still hear.
"Why I Love Them" by Mary Alice Walton
RIBERA'S Room. RIBERA discovered sitting on the couch. He looks
old and haggard, but has regained his natural bearing and
expression. Enter ANNICCA. She hastens towards him, and kneels
beside the couch, kissing him affectionately.
"The Spagnoletto. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Gyro is laid back and affectionate.
Dave Berg, who affectionately spoofed what he called "the human condition" in the pages of Mad magazine for more than 40 years, died on May 16 at his home in Marina del Rey, Calif He was 81.
I say this affectionately, if they could talk, they'd be barking, "take me home with you".
Alzheimer's Drama 'The Outgoing Tide' Is Affectionately Affecting .
The city of Atlanta, known affectionately as the "Big Peach," is a mecca for black entrepreneurs, scholars and business professionals.
Mrs McMillion, affectionately known as "Mrs. Mack", was born October 26, 1932 in Blaney, SC.
Charming and affectionate, Yesali has a brilliant smile that draws others to her.
However, a new era may be dawning for the school affectionately known as "K. G.".
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Samuel Becker , affectionately dubbed "Mr. University of Iowa" for his decades-long commitment to the university as teacher, scholar and philanthropist, has died.
Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook used to refer to Rabbi Yehuda Hazani affectionately as the assembler of great assemblies.
She's friendly, sweet, affectionate, and won't cause any problems.
According to his obituary, Best was affectionately known as the " Best Man ".
At WNDU, we affectionately refer to Maureen McFadden as Michiana's "Ultimate Working Mom".
Peggy Leg, as she's affectionately called, is a very special pup.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. HIs teammates affectionately call him " Biscuit ".

In science:

We use a cutoff value for the density of 1 × 10−5 g cm−3 , and affectionately refer to the material above this as the “fluff ”.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes