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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun affection:


Affection is sometimes a misspelling of affectionate.

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Definition of the noun affection

What does affection mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affections

  1. a positive feeling of liking

Alternative definition of the noun affection


  1. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
  2. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
  3. 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.
  4. Kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; settled good will
  5. [medicine] Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. --Dunglison.

Definition of the verb affection

What does affection mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: affectioned | affectioning | affections

  1. to feel an affection, emotion or love for.


  1. "affection" is the debut studio album by Japanese pop singer Kumi Koda. It was released on March 27, 2002 and contains the singles "Take Back", "Trust Your Love", and "So into You".
  2. "Affection" is the debut solo album by British singer Lisa Stansfield, released by Arista Records on 20 November 1989. Stansfield co-wrote all songs with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris. Devaney and Morris also produced the album, except for "This Is the Right Time" which was produced by Coldcut. Affection received critical acclaim from music critics and was commercially successful. It reached top ten on the charts in many countries and has sold over five million copies worldwide. The album spawned a hit song, "All Around the World", and four other successful singles: "This Is the Right Time," "Live Together," "What Did I Do to You?" and "You Can't Deny It." Affection was re-released as a deluxe 2CD + DVD set in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2014 and in Europe on 21 November 2014.
  3. "Affection" is the fifth album by American pop singer Jody Watley, released in 1995.
  4. "Affection" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  5. "Affection" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Affection" is a musical album of Secret Knives.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Affection" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Affection" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  9. "Affection" is a composition.
  10. Affection: The music video of the Affection song by Jeff Chang.
    • award: - International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV China nomination for Jeff Chang
  11. "Affection" is the lead single from Jody Watley's fifth album, Affection, released on her own label Avitone Records.
  12. "Affection" is a musical album of Keiji Haino.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  13. "Affection" is a composition by Jamie Hsueh Chung-ming.


  1. "Affection" is a 1972 Bulgarian drama film directed by Ludmil Staikov. It was entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize.
  2. "Affection" is a film.
    • also known as 유정, Yujeong
    • country: South Korea
    • genre: Drama
  3. "Affection" a.k.a. "Heart" is a film.


"Affection" is an 1875 sculpture by Yannoulis Chalepas.

  • completed in (141 years ago)


  1. Affection, attraction, infatuation, or fondness is a "disposition or rare state of mind or body" that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning emotion, disease, influence, and state of being. "Affection" is popularly used to denote a feeling or type of love, amounting to more than goodwill or friendship. Writers on ethics generally use the word to refer to distinct states of feeling, both lasting and spasmodic. Some contrast it with passion as being free from the distinctively sensual element.
  2. Affection is a TV program, begun in (13 years ago).
  3. Affection: In Celtic linguistics, affection is the change in the quality of a vowel under the influence of the vowel of the following, final syllable. Subsequently, the vowel triggering the change was normally lost.

Phrases with Affection

  1. mutual affection
  2. alienation of affection

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affection

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Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1816)

by George Crabb

Love is a warm sentiment, accompanied with desire; affection is a tender sentiment, unaccompanied with desire. We cannot have love...

Google previewThe Philosophical Background and Scientific Legacy of E. B. Titchener's Psychology (2013)

Understanding Introspectionism by Christian Beenfeldt

After all, any experimental outcome, whether it is “yes, affection is a conscious element alongside sensation” or “no, affection is an attribute of sensation, not a conscious element alongside sensation,” serves to reaffirm elementism.

Google previewEnglish parsin, comprising the rules of syntax, etc (1803)

by James GILES

The people's affection is the sovereign's best security. The is the definite or particular article.

Affection is a common fubstantive, third person, fingular number, nominative cafe, and comes before the verb, “ is.' (Rule) “ The nominative case ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes (1837)

With Copious Illustrations and Explanations, Drawn from the Best Writers by George Crabb

Affection is a chastened feeling under the control of the understanding; it promises no more pleasure than it gives, and has...

Google previewWe Want to Believe (2011)

Faith and Gospel in The X-files by Amy M. Donaldson

Affection is the description of love between family members.

Google previewAristotle's De Anima (2007)

A Critical Commentary by Ronald Polansky

An affection is a motion in genus, and the rest of the definition – of some sort, ofsomething,bysomething,forthesakeofsomething–suppliesthedifference. The sort of motion is the form, that which is in motion is the substratum, what gives rise to the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Communication (2014)

by Teresa L. Thompson

Affection exchange theory(AET) wasarticulated bycommunication scholarKory Floyd. As the first comprehensive theoryof affectionate communication,AET identifiesthe origins of affectionate behavior, accounts for variation in interpretations of it ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia perthensis, or, Universal dictionary of the arts, sciences, literature, etc. : intended to supersede the use of other books of reference (1816)


Google previewDictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives, Derived from the Word of the Lord (1863)

Extracted from the Writing of Emanuel Swedenborg

the affection of goodness.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1797)

Constructed on a Plan, by which the Different Sciences and Arts are Digested Into the Form of Distinct Treatises Or Systems, Comprehending the History, Theory, and Practice, of Each, According to the Latest Discoveries and Improvements; and Full Explanations Given of the Various Detached Parts of Knowledge, Whether Relating to Natural and Artificial Objects, Or to Matters Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, Commercial ..., Together with a Description of All the Countries, Cities, Principal Mountains ... Throughout the World; a General History ... and an Account of the Lives of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation, from the Earliest Ages Down to the Present Times

In moll persons who have laboured ander the gout for many years, a nephritic affection comes on, and discovers itself by all the symptoms ...

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Quotes about Affection

Affection is modest - even furtive and shame-faced. Once when I had remarked on the affection quite often found between cat and dog, my friend replied, "Yes. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs." (C.S. Lewis)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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