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>
Origin and Etymology of affectation
First Known Use: 1548
Synonym Discussion of affectation
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