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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"
  2. Affectation.
  3. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
  4. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies.
  5. 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.
  6. Prejudice; bias.
  7. Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection.
  8. The lively representation of any emotion.
  9. Passion; violent emotion.
  10. 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.
  11. The state of having the feelings touched or excited; attachment; fondness; disease.
  12. 1. Feeling, love. 2. An abnormal condition of body or mind, disease.
  13. Disease.
  14. Kindness or love: attachment: an attribue or property.
  15. Love; fondness; disease.
  16. The act of influencing, or state of being influenced; state of mind or body; disease.
  17. Strong and tender attachment; love.
  18. Any natural feeling.
  19. 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.
  20. Love for; attachment to; kindly feeling towards.
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Quotes of affection

  1. Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation. – Jane Addams
  2. God Almighty is, to be sure, unmoved by passion or appetite, unchanged by affection but then it is to be added that He neither sees nor hears nor perceives things by any senses like ours; but in a manner infinitely more perfect. – Joseph Butler
  3. I live a perfectly happy and comfortable life in Blair's Britain, but I can't work up much affection for the culture we've created for ourselves: it's too cynical, too knowing, too ironic, too empty of real value and meaning. – Jonathan Coe
  4. Yes, the meeting of dear friends atones for the regret of separation; and like it so much enhances affection that after absence one wonders how one has been able to stay away from them so long. – Marguerite Gardiner
  5. But most of all, I'm a part of you people out there who have listened to me, because especially you people in Michigan, you Tiger fans, you've given me so much warmth, so much affection and so much love. – Ernie Harwell
  6. When it comes to accepting emotional support or affection I'm a little guarded and hardened to that. – Patricia Heaton
  7. Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price. – St. Jerome
  8. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection – Dalai Lama
  9. It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying. – Marcel Proust
  10. Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection nothing is lost that is born of the heart. – Basil Rathbone
  11. Marry first, and love will come after is a shocking assertion; since a thousand things may happen to make the state but barely tolerable, when it is entered into with mutual affection – Samuel Richardson
  12. I think the President inspires tremendous affection and loyalty by a wide range of people. – Kenneth Starr
  13. Michael is a funny character, for whom I have a great deal of affection He sat across his desk and seemed to be a bit of a blunt fellow. We began talking about the characters and he opened up about his vision. – Madeleine Stowe

Usage examples for affection

  1. I could not place myself in her affection before her father. – The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford by Mark Rutherford
  2. Still I have an affection for you. – The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay by Mary Wollstonecraft Roger Ingpen
  3. With her it could never have been affection – A Kentucky Cardinal by James Lane Allen
  4. His master said he never had a more honest and useful servant; and he on his part always spoke of the family with great respect and affection – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  5. We were brothers always, you know; at least in affection – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  6. To do him justice, the uncle had shown far more natural affection than his household had hitherto believed him capable of feeling. – M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur." by G.J. Whyte-Melville
  7. She would have been something less than woman if she had not loved her husband with more than common affection – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  8. I did not think she felt so warm an affection for Helen Perowne," thought Mrs Bolter; " but it shows how good a heart she has." – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  9. Your affection is inside of you. – The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde
  10. I wish you to marry while I live, and be happy in some good woman's affection – Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend
  11. Mr. Henley had received her, not perhaps with affection but certainly with kindness. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  12. I have never needed Dunny's money,- his affection is another matter,- but he can spare it, and this time I took it because I saw he wanted me to. – The Firefly Of France by Marion Polk Angellotti
  13. It is the affection of man for woman, which is sanity. – The Kempton-Wace Letters by Jack London Anna Strunsky
  14. Thank you, my very dear Sarianna, for all your kindness and affection – The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) by Frederic G. Kenyon
  15. If so lovely a girl did not return the affection of such a young man, it would be- of course, what else could it be? – Trumps by George William Curtis
  16. 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
  17. It is wonderful, the anxiety and affection of women who live away out of the world like that. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  18. You wrong them, my dear friend; their words were all kindness and affection – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  19. Or, really, more than sympathy; I want affection I want love! – The Best Ghost Stories by Various
  20. He always loved you; and I remember in his worst days spoke of you with great affection a thing unusual with him; for he was walking very wild and blind and had no true idea whether of himself or life. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang