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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

noun

  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 (1894)

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

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

All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich. — Lacater. When Cicero consulted the oracle at Del- ...

Google previewThe Railroad Trainman (1891)

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

Google previewQuintilian's institutes of eloquence ... (1805)

by Quintilian

Affectation is the poison of every style; for it comprehends whatever is swelling, whatever is fini- cal, whatever is loathsome,

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 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 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 previewA New English Dictionary of the English Language (1836)

by Charles Richardson

Affectation is the greatest enemy, both of doing well, and good acceptance of what is d Bp. Hall.

Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what Bhould be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural.

Google previewGale's cabinet of knowledge; or, Miscellaneous recreations (1808)

containing moral and philosophical essays, propositions, natural and metaphysical maxims, and observations on select subjects of general utility: with a series of easy, entertaining, and interesting mechanical, magnetical, and magical experiments; including the most celebrated card deceptions; together with about seven hundred serious, comic, and humorous queries, paradoxes, &c. with pertinent and ingenious answers; comprizing the essence of the Lady's, Gentleman's, and Carnan's Diaries: Ozanam and Hooper's Recreations; Martin's Philosophical magazines, &c. Illustrated with copperplate engravings. To which are added, a great number of originals. Likewise an appendix; containing various propositions tending to prove light and heat two distinct beings; with some curious definitions in optics by John Gale

Affectation is the ape of sense and polite breeding Moral ...

Google previewA Collection, in Prose and Verse, for the Use of Schools (1835)

by Andrew Thomson

Affectation is the spring of all ridicule, ...

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 previewA Dictionary of Quotations from the English Poets (1881)

AFFECTATION. Maids, in modesty, say No to that Which they would have the proflerer construe, Ay.

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

Based Upon Bohn's Edition by Anna Lydia Ward

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 previewDictionary of the Synonymous Words and Technical Terms in the English Language (1806)

by James Leslie (of Edinburgh.)

AFFECTATION. s. Coquetry, prudery. (See conceit.) AFFECTED. m. Finical, apish , quaint, (See Gay.) AFFECTEDNESS. s. Cacozelia. (See affectation, conceit, pride, vanity ) AFFECTION. s. That peculiar affection we have to any particular thing ...

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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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