- An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.
1810, Dr. Samuel Johnson, “Life of Gower”, in The Works of the English Poets, Digitized edition, published 2009:
- This poem is strongly tinctured with those pedantic affectations concerning the passion of love ...
- An unusual mannerism.
an attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real
an unusual mannerism