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affection

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French affection, from Latin affectiōnem, from affectiō; see affect.

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affection (plural affections)

  1. The act of affecting or acting upon.
  2. The state of being affected.
  3. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
  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.
    • 2013 August 23, Mark Cocker, “Wings of Desire”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 11, page 26: 
      Our affections for wild animals are distributed very unevenly. Take insects. Some 750,000 species have already been documented worldwide and the great American naturalist EO Wilson called them "the little things that run the world". Through their recycling of nutrients and the supply of base-level protein to a vast array of higher life forms, insects underpin the existence of life on this planet. Yet when it comes to human concern for creepy-crawlies, forget it.
  5. A feeling of love or strong attachment.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Chapter 61
      Mr. Bennet missed his second daughter exceedingly; his affection for her drew him oftener from home than anything else could do. He delighted in going to Pemberley, especially when he was least expected.
  6. (medicine, archaic) Disease; morbid symptom; malady.
    • Dunglison
      a pulmonary affection

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In the sense of "feeling of love or strong attachment", it is often in the plural; formerly followed by "to", but now more generally by "for" or "toward(s)", for example filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children

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VerbEdit

affection (third-person singular simple present affections, present participle affectioned, simple past and past participle affectioning)

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

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin affectiō, affectiōnem.

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NounEdit

affection f (plural affections)

  1. affection, love
  2. medical condition, complaint, disease

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