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[uh-fek-shuh n] /əˈfɛk ʃən/
fond attachment, devotion, or love:
the affection of a parent for an only child.
Often, affections.
  1. emotion; feeling; sentiment:
    over and above our reason and affections.
  2. the emotional realm of love:
    a place in his affections.
Pathology. a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind:
a gouty affection.
the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
the state of being affected.
Philosophy. a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
the affective aspect of a mental process.
bent or disposition of mind.
Obsolete. bias; prejudice.
1200-50; Middle English < Old French < Latin affectiōn- (stem of affectiō) disposition or state of mind or body; see affect1, -ion
Related forms
affectionless, adjective
1. liking, friendliness, amity, fondness, friendship. See love.
1. dislike.


[uh-fek-shuh n] /əˈfɛk ʃən/
noun, Obsolete
affectation (defs 1–3).
1525-35; affect2 + -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for affections
  • Now a third blue geranium is likely to replace both in our affections.
  • After a horrendous couple of decades, the national team once again basked in the warmth of the nation's affections.
  • They also appear less tribal and more likely to switch their affections-one reason why politicians are so keen on courting them.
  • The sight of one in a field can be enough to rekindle atavistic affections that lie deep within.
  • Now it actually has to compete for the affections of its neighbours---Agreed.
  • The encroachment on national prerogatives will continue to rankle the affections of many.
  • To properly align the affections of these people a hypnotist is hired.
  • Surprisingly enough, the otherwise profligate doctor returns her affections and they are happy for awhile.
  • The normally cold-hearted instructor is surprised when he finds himself genuinely returning her affections.
  • One of the surgeons regards his pursuit a lark, while the other harbors genuine affections for the nurse.
British Dictionary definitions for affections


a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
(often pl) emotion, feeling, or sentiment: to play on a person's affections
(pathol) any disease or pathological condition
(psychol) any form of mental functioning that involves emotion See also affect1 (sense 2)
the act of affecting or the state of being affected
(archaic) inclination or disposition
Derived Forms
affectional, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin affectiōn- disposition, from afficere to affect1
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Word Origin and History for affections



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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affections in Medicine

affection af·fec·tion (ə-fěk'shən)

  1. A tender feeling toward another; fondness.

  2. A bodily condition; disease.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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affections in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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