And he made his affection clear at the briefing, calling the boss “a president I love and respect.”
For Saudi Arabia and Israel, a peaceful, democratic Egypt would be a potent rival for Washington's affection.
To do it right requires a certain strange respect and, hard as that can be to imagine, affection for the quarry.
early 13c., "an emotion of the mind, passion, lust as opposed to reason," from Old French afection (12c.) "emotion, inclination, disposition; love, attraction, enthusiasm," from Latin affectionem (nominative affectio) "a relation, disposition; a temporary state; a frame, constitution," noun of state from past participle stem of afficere "to do something to, act on" (see affect (n.)). Sense developed from "disposition" to "good disposition toward" (late 14c.). Related: Affections.
affection af·fec·tion (ə-fěk'shən)
A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
A bodily condition; disease.
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).