The Strauss-Kahn affair has had a huge international impact, literally changing the course of history.
But if this affair does not do lasting damage to the party, Meretz does appear to be on the rise.
It certainly looked and sounded like an affair—particularly after all the other women came out of the woodwork.
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.
The senator from Nevada, a married man, was caught having an affair with another staff member.
Grant realized that there was no room for squeamishness in this affair.
But Joe's affair with Sidney had been the talk of the neighborhood.
Within a couple of minutes the affair had become highly improper.
I thought, the moment I saw you, that you were here for this affair.
Betty and Dick entered into the spirit of the affair and could not say enough in praise of the girls who had thought of it.
c.1300, "what one has to do," from Anglo-French afere, Old French afaire (12c., Modern French affaire) "business, event; rank, estate," from the infinitive phrase à faire "to do," from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + facere "to do, make" (see factitious).
A Northern word originally, brought into general use and given a French spelling by Caxton (15c.). General sense of "vague proceedings" (in romance, war, etc.) first attested 1702. Meaning "an affair of the heart; a passionate episode" is from French affaire de coeur (itself attested in English from 1809); to have an affair with someone in this sense is by 1726, earlier have an affair of love:
'Tis manifeſtly contrary to the Law of Nature, that one Woman ſhould cohabit or have an Affair of Love with more than one Man at the ſame time. ["Pufendorf's Law of Nature and Nations," transl. J. Spavan, London, 1716]
Thus, in our dialect, a vicious man is a man of pleasure, a sharper is one that plays the whole game, a lady is said to have an affair, a gentleman to be a gallant, a rogue in business to be one that knows the world. By this means, we have no such things as sots, debauchees, whores, rogues, or the like, in the beau monde, who may enjoy their vices without incurring disagreeable appellations. [George Berkeley, "Alciphron or the Minute Philosopher," 1732]