affectation

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noun af·fec·ta·tion \ˌa-ˌfek-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of affectation

  1. 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. 2 obsolete :  a striving after

Examples of affectation in a sentence

  1. His French accent is just an affectation.

  2. a woman of great affectation at social gatherings

Origin and Etymology of affectation

see 2affect


First Known Use: 1548

Synonym Discussion of affectation

pose, air, airs, affectation, mannerism mean an adopted way of speaking or behaving. pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others her shyness was just a pose. air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life a traveler's sophisticated air. airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness snobbish airs. affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere the posh accent is an affectation. mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism.


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