Tuesday, November 18, 2008
affectation noun [af-ek-TAY-shuhn] an artificial way or talking or behaving put on to impress others; pretense
Definitions for affectation
- an artificial way or talking or behaving put on to impress others; pretense
- an unnatural action, expression, or trait that indicates artificiality
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Citations for affectation
In a culture of electricity and annual holidays, for example, to pace one's work to the rhythm of the seasons or daylight would amount to affectation.
I had heard talk that Tosca, for all the dissolute life she led, was a pious person who frequented churches with scrupulous regularity, yet in this conduct I had always suspected a pose, an affectation.
Origin of affectation
by 1548, "studied display," from Latin affectationem, from affectare "to strive for"