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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