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affection

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of affection

  1. 1 a feeling of strong or constant regard for and dedication to someone an elderly couple showing their affection for each other by little acts of kindness Synonyms of affection love, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, passionWords Related to affection appetite, fancy, favor, like, liking, partiality, preference, relish, taste; craving, crush, desire, infatuation, longing, lust, yearning; ardor, eagerness, enthusiasm, fervor, zeal; appreciation, esteem, estimation, regard, respect; adoration, adulation, deification, idolatry, idolization, worship; allegiance, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, loyalty, steadfastnessNear Antonyms of affection allergy, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, disfavor, dislike, enmity, hostility; abhorrence, disgust, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; misanthropyAntonyms of affection abomination, hate, hatred, loathing, rancor

  2. 2 an abnormal state that disrupts a plant's or animal's normal bodily functioning born with a heart affection that later caused him problems Synonyms of affection disease, ail, ailment, bug, complaint, complication, condition, disorder, distemper, distemperature, fever, ill, illness, infirmity, malady, sickness, troubleWords Related to affection contagion, contagious disease; contagium, infection; attack, bout, fit, spell; debility, decrepitude, feebleness, frailness, lameness, sickliness, unhealthiness, unsoundness, unwellness, weakness; malaise, matter, pip; epidemic, pest, pestilence, plagueNear Antonyms of affection fitness, healthiness, heartiness, robustness, soundness, wholeness, wholesomeness; fettle, shapeAntonyms of affection health, wellness

  3. 3 a habitual attraction to some activity or thing I'm rooting for the Cubs—just my natural affection for the underdog, I guess Synonyms of affection inclination, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turnWords Related to affection favor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularityNear Antonyms of affection allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern

  4. 4 something that sets apart an individual from others of the same kind religion, of one kind or another, is an affection common to every society known to have existed Synonyms of affection characteristic, attribute, attribution, character, criterion, diagnostic, differentia, feature, fingerprint, hallmark, mark, marker, note, particularity, peculiarity, point, property, quality, specific, stamp, touch, traitWords Related to affection badge, indication, sign; emblem, symbol, token; charm, grace; excellence, merit, virtue; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, quirk; individuality, singularity, uniqueness

Synonym Discussion of affection

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it.
    • the feelings that once moved me are gone
emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses.
    • the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence
affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings.
    • a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family
sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea.
    • her feminist sentiments are well known
passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion.
    • revenge became his ruling passion


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