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Definition of the noun affectation

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noun - plural: affectations

  1. a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

Alternative definition of the noun affectation


  1. An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.
  2. An unusual mannerism.

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Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich. Lavater. Affectation is an artificial show, an elaborate appearance, a false pretence.

Google previewTreasury of Thought (1884)

Forming an Encyclopedia of Quotations from Ancient and Modern Authors by Maturin Murray Ballou

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox. — St. Evremona. Paltry affectation...

Google previewThe Railroad Trainman (1891)

Affectation is the palpable falsehood of one's character. Of the many...

Google previewQuinctilian's Institutes of Eloquence (1805)

Or, The Art of Speaking in Public, in Every Character and Capacity by Quintilian

Affectation is the poison of every style; for it comprehends whatever is swelling, whatever is finical, whatever is loathsome,

Google previewCultivation of the Chest; Or, The Highest Physical Development of the Human Form (1901)

by Edmund Shaftesbury

AFFECTATION is an exhibition of an attempt to produce grace, thereby overdoing it and destroying its simpleness. Awkwardness is...

Affectation is the boon companion of silliness_ shallowness and foppishness. Grandeur in any man or ...

Google previewThe New Dictionary of Thoughts (2015)

by Tryon Edwards

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.— Lavater. Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the smallpox.—St. Evremond. All affectation proceeds from the supposition of possessing something better than ...

Google previewUnderstanding Historical (Im)Politeness (2012)

Relational linguistic practice over time and across cultures by Marcel Bax, Dániel Z. Kádár

De Bellegarde defines “affectation” as follows: Affectation is the falsification of the whole Person, which deviates from all that is Natural, whereby it might please tO put on an ascititious8 Ayre, wherewithal tO become Ridiculous [...] People ...

Google previewMany thoughts of many minds. Compiled by H. Southgate (1862)

by Henry Southgate

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small pox.

Google previewMany Thoughts of Many Minds (1862)

Being a Treasury of Reference Consisting of Selections from the Writings of the Most Celebrated Authors ...

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small pox.

Google previewPracticing Software Engineering in the 21st Century (2003)

by Joan Peckham, Scott J. Lloyd

Affectation : An affectation is a function : VaL x T VaL (v, ...

Google previewThe Journal of Sir Walter Scott: Volume 2 (2013)

From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford by Walter Scott

Affectation is a painful thing to witness , and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Quotations from English and American Poets (1883)

by Henry George Bohn

AFFECTATION. Maids, in modesty, say “No” to that Which they would have the profferer construe, “Ay.” Fie, fle; how wayward is this foolish love, That like a testy babe will scratch the nurse, And presently, all humbled, kiss the rod | 67 Shaks.

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

affection; affectation. The former means "love, fondness"; the latter, "pretentious, artificial behavior." In Elizabethan English, these words were used more or less ...

Google previewBeauties of the British Poets, Or, A Pocket Dictionary (1827)

Containing the Most Admirable Passages from Milton, Pope, Shakespeare, Young ... ; to which are Added Extracts from a Sublime Poem Entitled 'The Pleasures of Friendship' ; the Whole Alphabetically Arranged

AFFECTATION. 11 Still on thy solemn steps attend, Warm Charity, the general friend, With Justice, to herself severe, And Pity, dropping soft the sadly-pleasing tear. Oh, gently on thy suppliant's head, Dread Goddess, lay thy chast'ning hand !

Google previewAssamese and English Dictionary (1991)

by Miles Bronson

ceu, stas, сета, спит таи wifwzw ат ZT т, equality, affectation, show of pride, a haughty 'air, the width of a garment at the bottom.

Google previewA Complete and Universal English Dictionary on a New Plan: including not only ... a full explanation of difficult words and technical terms in all faculties and professions ... but ... a pronouncing dictionary ... To which are prefixed, A Free Enquiry into the Origin and Antiquity of Letters (by the Abbot Anselm) ... By ... James Barclay ... and others (1774)

by James Barclay (Curate of Edmonton.)

ceremOnious; sulemn; precise; exact to affectation; done according to certain rules or methods; regular; methodical; merely external. FO'RMALlST, S. [FL] one who practises external rites and ceremonies with great strictness; one who prefers ...

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Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself. (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4E1C3T1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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