af·​fect·​er | \ ə-ˈfek-tər, a-\
plural -s

Definition of affecter

1 obsolete : one that affects or loves (see affect entry 2 sense 4)
2 : one that strives after or pretends to something an affecter of unusual words

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First Known Use of affecter

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for affecter

affect entry 2 + -er entry 2

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food or victuals

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