Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tender feeling toward another; fondness. See Synonyms at love.
  • n. Feeling or emotion. Often used in the plural: an unbalanced state of affections.
  • n. A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
  • n. Obsolete Prejudice; partiality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of affecting or acting upon.
  • n. The state of being affected.
  • n. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
  • n. Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency.
  • n. Kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; settled good will.
  • n. Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. --Dunglison.
  • v. to feel an affection, emotion or love for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
  • n. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state.
  • n. Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; ; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency.
  • n. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; -- often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards
  • n. Prejudice; bias.
  • n. Disease; morbid symptom; malady.
  • n. The lively representation of any emotion.
  • n. Affectation.
  • n. Passion; violent emotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of having one's feelings affected; bent or disposition of mind; phase of mental disposition; feeling.
  • n. A settled good will, love, or zealous attachment: as, the affection of a parent for his child: generally followed by for, sometimes by to or toward, before the object.
  • n. Natural instinct or impulse; sympathy.
  • n. Prejudice; bias.
  • n. A modification; the effect or result of action upon a thing; especially, in psychology, a passive modification of consciousness.
  • n. In metaphysics (translation of Gr. πάθος, suffering), one of those qualities of bodies by which they directly affect the senses: often improperly extended to other properties of bodies.
  • n. A disease, or the condition of being diseased; a morbid or abnormal state of body or mind: as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection.
  • n. In painting, a lively representation of passion. Wotton.
  • n. Affectation.
  • n. Synonyms Attachment, Fondness, etc. (see love), tenderness, partiality, bias. See passion.
  • To love; have an affection for.
  • n. In recent psychol., the elementary feeling-process; the pure or qualitatively simple feeliug, in which there is no admixture of sensation. See the extract.
  • n. In trigonometry, relation to .
  • n. In law, the making over, pawning, or mortgaging of a thing to assure the payment of a sum of money or the discharge of some other duty or service.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a positive feeling of liking

Etymologies

Middle English affeccioun, from Old French affection, from Latin affectiō, affectiōn-, from affectus, past participle of afficere, to affect, influence; see affect1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French affection, from Latin affectionem, from affectio; see affect. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "She will rather die than give any sign of affection," says Benedick of Beatrice; and in that line Shakspere reveals one of the two essential traits of genuine modern coyness -- _dissemblance of feminine affection_.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • _The affection which we rightly have for what is lovely must ordinate justly_, _in due manner end proportion_, _become the object of a new affection_, _or be itself beloved_, _in order to our being endued with that virtue which is the principle of a good life_.

    Human Nature and Other Sermons

  • _affection_ is naïve, to say the least, and need not be commented on after what has just been said about the true nature of affection and its altruistic test.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • _how_, I say, to _set affection against affection_, and to master one by another, even as we used to hunt beast with beast, and fly bird with bird, which otherwise, percase, we could not so easily recover. '

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • With this there is united the complex sentiment which we term affection -- a sentiment which, as it exists between those of the same sex, must be regarded as an independent sentiment, but one which is here greatly exalted.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • What I have striven to say is, that I forgive my brother, not because I love him, but because of the affection I bear him; also that this affection is the product of reason, is the sum of the judgments I have achieved.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • A dissection of what we call affection does not give so vivid an impression of the master-passion as a true love-sonnet written by a poet.

    The Idler Magazine, Volume III., July 1893 An Illustrated Monthly

  • Then the moon slips up into the sky from behind the hills, and the fisherman begins to think of home, and of the foolish, fond old rhymes about those whom the moon sees far away, and the stars that have the power to fulfil wishes -- as if the celestial bodies knew or cared anything about our small nerve-thrills which we call affection and desires!

    Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness

  • The practice of infanticide, for selfish reasons, was, as we shall see in later chapters, horribly prevalent among many of the lower races, and even where the young were tenderly reared, the feeling toward them was hardly what we call affection -- a conscious, enduring devotion -- but a sort of animal instinct which is shared by tigers and other fierce and cruel animals, and which endures but a short time.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • He will not weary of us, nor throw us back upon ourselves when our affection is the most ardent.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

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  • I am very affectionate. Disease may be the cause of my problem, after all.

    July 19, 2010

  • "A disease, or the condition of being diseased; a morbid or abnormal state of body or mind: as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection."

    - From the Century Dictionary

    July 19, 2010

  • passion, change

    July 22, 2009