• WordNet 3.6
    • n affectation a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Asthma affects one in fifteen children under the age of eighteen
    • Affectation A striving after.
    • Affectation An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show. "An affectation of contempt.""Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural what is natural."
    • Affectation Fondness; affection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n affectation Strenuous pursuit or desire; earnest quest; a striving in the direction (of).
    • n affectation A striving for the appearance (of); pretense of the possession or character (of); effort for the reputation (of): as, an affectation of wit or of virtue; affectation of great wealth.
    • n affectation A striving for effect; artificiality of manner or conduct; effort to attract notice by pretense, assumption, or any peculiarity: as, his affectations are insufferable.
    • n affectation Affection; fondness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
    • n Affectation a striving after, or an attempt to assume, what is not natural or real: pretence
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Who can guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes?”
  • John Dearden
    John Dearden
    “How you measure the performance of your managers directly affects the way they act.”
  • Sharon Anthony Bower
    Sharon Anthony Bower
    “The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well being of others.”
  • William James
    “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. affectatio,: cf. F. affectation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. affectāre, freq. of afficĕre. See Affect above.


In literature:

This is not an affection of merely one part of the system, but of the whole.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The girl, evidently affected as much by her manner as her gift, curtseyed and withdrew.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
In prefaces an affected haughtiness or an affected humility are alike despicable.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It is asserted that the reciprocal affection between mother and child is greater in cases in which the child suckled its mother's breast.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
Well-bred grown-ups talk to children, without affectation or condescension, as if they too were grown-ups.
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
I went back to the Ursulines where my good sister continued her affection.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Show by examples from this selection how completeness and incompleteness of thought affect the Inflection.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Her affections were unusually warm and deep, but they could find no outlet.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Afterwards he speaks of youth as being used to conceive a fervent affection for certain comrades.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Tender affection is like a beautiful flower: it needs cultivation.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

How cold and feeble is my love!
How negligent my fear!
How low my hope of joys above!
How few affections there!
"Hymn 165" by Isaac Watts
Oh! I could pass all relics
Left by the pomps of old,
To gaze on this rude monument,
Cast in affection's mould.
"The Image In Lava" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Surely "our darling" —- surely!
for sheer affection yearly
hurries the happy pipits,
heading back to our meadows.
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
We aged ones play solemn parts--
Affection is the salt of life,
Kindness a noble thing.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Every ruder gust of passion
Lull'd with music dies away,
Till within the charmed bosom
None but soft affections play:
"Verses Written In An Alcove" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
In short his placid gambols seem'd
Affection so profound,
His friendship for this man was deem'd
A wonder all around.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley

In news:

Oil company BP reported Thursday that approximately 30 acres of Louisiana marsh have been affected by the spill, while Gov Bobby Jindal has indicated that oil has touched more than 101 miles of shoreline.
In the polar bears that USGS has observed to date, the most common areas affected include the muzzle and face, eyes, ears and neck.
Missing drugs in Beckley won't affect fed cases.
(AP) — US Attorney Booth Goodwin says federal cases won't be affected by prescription drugs that are missing from the Beckley Police Department's evidence room.
Todd Korol-Reuters Ground beef is among the affected products.
Bell's palsy is characterized by paralysis on one side of the face and affects over 40,000 people each year.
While his protest was initially directed at Winz' food-grant policy, his focus had since broadened to the poverty affecting beneficiaries ' children.
Dregs One delivers in-depth commentary on police brutality and how it is affecting communities of color.
Understanding how cultural differences affect the way bereaved patients and families express their grief is an important part of providing culturally competent nursing care.
The berm 's collapse didn't affect the reactor shutdown cooling or the spent fuel pool cooling, but the power supply was cut after water surrounded the main electrical transformers, the NRC said.
Despite disapproval of Romney's faith, many evangelicals say that won't affect their vote.
When you talk to Lisa Fleck about her 1958 Jaguar Mark VIII saloon, you quickly notice the obvious pride and affection for her special ride.
Oct 14, 2008 — Eagle Lake residents packed the house during the Eagle Lake Interagency Board of Directors meeting in the Lassen County Board of Supervisors Room on Wednesday to consider issues affecting the lake.
How They Affect Your Sex Life.
Hardline orthodoxy on the right, treatment of Boldt affected decision.

In science:

We calculate how vertical heat propagation through the radiative outer layers of the atmosphere and convection affect the coherence of the oscillation.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
As we discuss later, convection is important because it likely enforces rigid rotation, and may affect the observability of a coherent signal (§3).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Equation (16) shows that radiation pressure strongly affects the radial extent of the convective zone, ∆zc ∝ 1/β .
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Hence, clr will little affect the statistics of the noise in any one band and any gravitational wave signal masked by the interference can be recovered without any disturbance.
Removing Line Interference from Gravitational Wave Interferometer Data
In this sense, the only relevant items for the property are those that are contained in R — that is, if one restricts attention to sets of items contained in A, the bystander items never affect the property.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT