But whenever children become the targets, society is really in a sorry state of affairs.
We want a decentralized government that will give us more freedom to manage our own affairs.
Kidding aside, Williams was publicly angry over the state of affairs.
She agonizes instead over her affairs and insecurities, her inability to be satisfied with one lover.
Indeed, her engagement with African affairs has been deeper than that of the first literally African president.
It was not at first that John could attend to him, and when he was able to do so he began to rattle on about his own affairs.
You must propose an examination of his affairs on the part of the church.
It was especially so in the condition of affairs represented to him.
The master and mistress thenceforth transact their affairs by deputy.
She and Mrs. Caldwell took a kindly interest in each other's affairs.
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]