af·​fect·​ed | \ ə-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce affected (audio) , a- \

Definition of affected

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of affect entry 1

or of affect entry 2



Definition of affected (Entry 2 of 2)

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 manner
b : assumed artificially or falsely : pretended an affected interest in art
2 : inclined, disposed was well affected toward her

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Other Words from affected


affectedly adverb
affectedness noun

Examples of affected in a Sentence

Adjective 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 … 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 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 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 affected laughter at the boss's jokes with her pinkie extended, the four-year-old held her tiny teacup in that affected manner that some women have
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First Known Use of affected


circa 1553, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for affected


from past participle of affect entry 2

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The first known use of affected was circa 1553

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“Affected.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of affected

: not natural or genuine


af·​fect·​ed | \ ə-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce affected (audio) \

Kids Definition of affected

: not natural or genuine affected manners

Other Words from affected

affectedly adverb laughing affectedly

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