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Meaning of AFFECTION

Pronunciation:  u'fekshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"

AFFECTION is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: affectionateness, fondness, heart, tenderness, warmheartedness
 See Also: attachment, feeling, fond regard, protectiveness, regard, respect, soft spot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Af*fec"tion\, n. [F. affection, L. affectio, fr.
afficere. See {Affect}.]
1. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being

2. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily
   state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
   ``The affections of quantity.'' --Boyle.

         And, truly, waking dreams were, more or less, An old
         and strange affection of the house.   --Tennyson.

3. 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.

         Affection is applicable to an unpleasant as well as
         a pleasant state of the mind, when impressed by any
         object or quality.                    --Cogan.

4. 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.

         All his affections are set on his own country.

5. Prejudice; bias. [Obs.] --Bp. Aylmer.

6. (Med.) Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary
   affection. --Dunglison.

7. The lively representation of any emotion. --Wotton.

8. Affectation. [Obs.] ``Spruce affection.'' --Shak.

9. Passion; violent emotion. [Obs.]

         Most wretched man, That to affections does the
         bridle lend.                          --Spenser.

Syn: Attachment; passion; tenderness; fondness; kindness;
     love; good will. See {Attachment}; {Disease}.

Easton Bible Dictionary

feeling or emotion. Mention is made of "vile affections" (Rom. 1:26) and "inordinate affection" (Col. 3:5). Christians are exhorted to set their affections on things above (Col. 3:2). There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious affections (Ezek. 33:32).

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