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. Disease.
  13. Kindness or love: attachment: an attribue or property.
  14. Love; fondness; disease.
  15. The act of influencing, or state of being influenced; state of mind or body; disease.
  16. Strong and tender attachment; love.
  17. 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.
  18. Love for; attachment to; kindly feeling towards.

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
  3. 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
  4. With her it could never have been affection. – A Kentucky Cardinal by James Lane Allen
  5. It is the affection of man for woman, which is sanity. – The Kempton-Wace Letters by Jack London Anna Strunsky
  6. Or, really, more than sympathy; I want affection- I want love! – The Best Ghost Stories by Various
  7. You wrong them, my dear friend; their words were all kindness and affection. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  8. It is wonderful, the anxiety and affection of women who live away out of the world like that. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  9. We were brothers always, you know; at least in affection." – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Mr. Henley had received her, not perhaps with affection, but certainly with kindness. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I could not place myself in her affection before her father. – The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford by Mark Rutherford
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Your affection is inside of you. – The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde
  19. 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