affection

1 [uh-fek-shuhn]
noun
1.
fond attachment, devotion, or love: the affection of a parent for an only child.
2.
Often, affections.
a.
emotion; feeling; sentiment: over and above our reason and affections.
b.
the emotional realm of love: a place in his affections.
3.
Pathology. a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind: a gouty affection.
4.
the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
5.
the state of being affected.
6.
Philosophy. a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
7.
the affective aspect of a mental process.
8.
bent or disposition of mind.
9.
Obsolete. bias; prejudice.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin affectiōn- (stem of affectiō) disposition or state of mind or body; see affect1, -ion

affectionless, adjective


1. liking, friendliness, amity, fondness, friendship. See love.


1. dislike.
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affection

2 [uh-fek-shuhn]
noun Obsolete.
affectation ( defs 1–3 ).

Origin:
1525–35; affect2 + -ion

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affection (əˈfɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
2.  (often plural) emotion, feeling, or sentiment: to play on a person's affections
3.  pathol any disease or pathological condition
4.  psychol See also affect any form of mental functioning that involves emotion
5.  the act of affecting or the state of being affected
6.  archaic inclination or disposition
 
[C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect1]
 
af'fectional
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

affection
early 13c., "an emotion of the mind, passion, lust as opposed to reason," from O.Fr. affection, from L. affectionem (nom. affectio) "inclination, influence, permanent state of feeling," from affec-, pp. stem of afficere "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). Sense
developed from "disposition" to "good disposition toward" (late 14c.).
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Medical Dictionary

affection af·fec·tion (ə-fěk'shən)
n.

  1. A tender feeling toward another; fondness.

  2. A bodily condition; disease.

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Affection definition


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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Example sentences
It did encourage kindness and affection, but it simultaneously encouraged
  cruelty and hatred.
Love is not a science, it is a feeling of affection.
Cats yawn to show affection.
He remained the object of Elizabeth's affection all the same.
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