affected

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adjective af·fect·ed \ə-ˈfek-təd, a-\

Definition of affected

  1. 1a :  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 mannerb :  assumed artificially or falsely :  pretended an affected interest in art

  2. 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 Silver, Sports Illustrated, 23 July 2007

  2. … he accused the literary establishment of eschewing good clean writing and advancing affected, artsy prose instead. —Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review, 9 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. Harper, Civilization, June/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 Wren, Commonweal, 26 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

see 2affect


AFFECTED Defined for English Language Learners

affected

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Definition of affected for English Language Learners

  • : not natural or genuine


AFFECTED Defined for Kids

affected

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adjective af·fect·ed \ə-ˈfek-təd\

Definition of affected for Students

  1. :  not natural or genuine affected manners

affectedly

adverb laughing affectedly


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