af·​fec·​ta·​tious ˌa-ˌfek-ˈtā-shəs also -fik- How to pronounce affectatious (audio)
: characterized or marked by affectation : affected
Do some people adopt an affectatious dialect to suit their audience?Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 12 Jan. 2010

Word History


affectati(on) + -ous

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affectatious was in 1676

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“Affectatious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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