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Definitions of affection

  1. a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Prejudice; bias. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The lively representation of any emotion. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Passion; violent emotion. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; - often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The state of having the feelings touched or excited; attachment; fondness; disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Kindness or love: attachment: an attribue or property. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Love; fondness; disease. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The act of influencing, or state of being influenced; state of mind or body; disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Strong and tender attachment; love. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The state of being affected, generally in one's feelings; feeling; disposition; inclination; attachment; kindness; fondness; love; an attribute, quality, or property; a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Love for; attachment to; kindly feeling towards. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for affection

  1. Still I have an affection for you. – The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay by Mary Wollstonecraft Roger Ingpen
  2. Meanwhile the old birds had disappeared, having given up their children for lost; and it was not until the third day that they came back,- by chance, perhaps, or out of affection for the spot. – The Foot-path Way by Bradford Torrey
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