from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who affects to know something or to be something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who affects, assumes, pretends, or strives after.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who affects, pretends, or assumes.
  • n. One who affects or loves.
  • n. Also spelled affector.


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  • Badenoch's penetrating eye saw that it was indeed the patriotic guardian of his country to whom he bowed, and not the vain affecter of regal power.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Related Terms & Expressions: le ouïe-dire = hearsay, rumor avoir l'ouïe fine = to have sharp hearing avoir l'ouïe un peu dure = to be hard of hearing être tout ouïe = to be all ears affecter l'ouïe = to affect hearing

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Kane utilise la corporalité de la parole pour affecter physiquement le public.


  • City, a Friar Minor, an Inquisitor after matters of Faith; who, although he laboured greatly to seeme a sanctified man, and an earnest affecter of Christian Religion, (as all of them appeare to be in outward shew;) yet he was a much better Inquisitor after them that had their purses plenteously stored with money, then of such as were slenderly grounded in Faith.

    The Decameron

  • It was indeed the opinion of all the others, when they consulted about the execution of their design, that it was necessary to cut off Antony with Caesar, looking upon him as an insolent man, an affecter of monarchy, and one that, by his familiar intercourse, had gained a powerful interest with the soldiers.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • He was a boaster of his Vices -- a [illegible] great affecter of licentiousness-and at last got in Love, like a fool, with a Girl, much too good for him.

    John Adams diary 17, 16 April - 14 June 1771

  • FLATTER, affecter agréablement; louer à l'excès pour séduire.

    French Conversation and Composition

  • A great affecter of wits and such prettinesses; and his company is costly to him, for he seldom has it but invited.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • 'Un point hors de doute, c'est, que la guerre ne peut, ni par elle-même ni par la volonté des belligérants, affecter la validité ou l'exécution des contrats antérieurs.

    The League of Nations and its Problems Three Lectures

  • À l'appui de ce que viennent d'exposer les officiers et sous-officiers de mon battaillon, j'ai l'honneur de porter a votre connaissance qu'il n'est pas rare de voir, en Soudan des hommes, affecter la forme de léopards et s'introduire de nuit dans les maisons pour les voler.

    Three Months in the Soudan


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