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Pronunciation:  `afek'teyshun

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[n]  a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

AFFECTATION is a 11 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: mannerism, pose
 See Also: attitude, feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Af`fec*ta"tion\, n. [L. affectatio: cf. F.
1. An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or
   real; false display; artificial show. ``An affectation of
   contempt.'' --Macaulay.

         Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of
         what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty
         that accompanies what is natural what is natural.

2. A striving after. [Obs.] --Bp. Pearson.

3. Fondness; affection. [Obs.] --Hooker.

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