Definition of affectation
1a : speech or conduct not natural to oneself : an unnatural form of behavior meant especially to impress others His French accent is just an affectation.b : the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or mode of behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt speaking honestly without affectation mocked his piety as affectation
2 obsolete : a striving after
Examples of affectation in a Sentence
His French accent is just an affectation.
a woman of great affectation at social gatherings
Recent Examples of affectation from the Web
There are very illiterate people like Perry Brownlow who regard all correct grammar as a middle-class affectation.
The surging popularity of his spare, salt-of-the-earth music is reassuring, all the more so in an era when so much of what passes for country music is slick, formulaic pop with pseudo-country affectations.
Hers was the body language of a woman unburdened by propriety, with no interest in affectation.
This man in front of her, after all, with his odd demeanor that might appear as affectation to unsympathetic eyes, had been invited to the gala.
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