from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A special experience of love; the sum of the incidents having to do with being in love with any person.


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  • Her cries and protests would give way to whimperings and wailings, while the men about laughed at the strangeness of the love-affair between her and the Irish terrier.


  • My love-affair with Egyptology began in the summer of 1998 on an archaeological dig in Israel.

    Michelle Moran discusses her first novel, Nefertiti

  • I'm thinking about the time I was conducting family therapy at the local children's psychiatric hospital and outside my door the maintenance man was having a show-down with his work love-affair girlfriend who was confronting him.

    Three Random Absurd Thoughts

  • When he clicked off his phone the work love-affair girlfriend said, "It's her, isn't it!" and stomped away.

    Three Random Absurd Thoughts

  • He began my love-affair with Fantasy and I try my damndest to read The Hobbit once a year, counting it as my second-favourite novel, behind only ...

    MIND MELD: Books That Hold Special Places in Our Hearts and On Our Shelves

  • In the spirit of The Master, and of a long biographical essay he recently published on Lady Augusta Gregory, Tóibín recreates, in "Silence", the story of her transient, intense, adulterous love-affair with the young poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.

    The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín – Review

  • The story deals with failed romance and the self-deceptions by which pain is held at bay, as the lodger Mrs. Nome recasts the wretched tale of her daughter's betrayal and abortion as "The Most Beautiful love-affair the passions of our world have ever brought about."

    The First Lady Of Futurism

  • I loved ancient church so much that I'm making a movie and writing a book about them, coming early next year (Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer is a not-for-profit feature film, the result of my studies and renewed love-affair with Jesus Christ and church).

    Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.: Why It's Cool to Go to Church Again

  • People take to the streets and that hasn't been happening in this country, in part because in part because I think there's such been this sort of love-affair with Obama.

    David Goodfriend: Naomi Klein on "Left Jab" Lands a Punch!

  • Check out footage from her behind-the-scenes Q&A with Bley, where she discusses her love-affair with the Blackberry and more.

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