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affected

af·fect·ed \ ə-ˈfek-təd , a- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of affected

  • past tense and past participle of affect 3

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affected

adjective

Definition of affected

1 a : having or showing an attitude or mode of behavior that is not natural or genuinely felt : given to or marked by affectation
  • spoke in an affected manner
b : assumed artificially or falsely : pretended
  • an affected interest in art
2 : inclined, disposed
  • was well affected toward her

affectedly

adverb

affectedness

noun

Examples of affected in a Sentence

  1. Leinart laughs with his friends about the parallels with his favorite TV show, but he's sensitive about the perception that he's an affected socialite. —Michael SilverSports Illustrated23 July 2007
  2. … he accused the literary establishment of eschewing good clean writing and advancing affected, artsy prose instead. —Judith ShulevitzNew York Times Book Review9 Sept. 2001
  3. Without this fraught boundary between old money and new, between inherited and affected tastes, some of our greatest writers would have had to find something else to write about. —E. B. HarperCivilizationJune/July 2000
  4. With a workmanlike thoroughness, they alter their diction and mannerisms for each new role—for example, Kidman drops her voice at least half an octave and adopts a suitably tailored upper-class accent to portray an affected starlet who carries a teddy bear to surreptitious trysts. —Celia WrenCommonweal26 Feb. 1999
  5. affected laughter at the boss's jokes

  6. with her pinkie extended, the four-year-old held her tiny teacup in that affected manner that some women have

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Origin and Etymology of affected

from past participle of 2affect


AFFECTED Defined for Kids

affected

adjective af·fect·ed \ ə-ˈfek-təd \

Definition of affected for Students

: not natural or genuine
  • affected manners

affectedly

adverb
  • laughing affectedly


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