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affection

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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

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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

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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

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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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The first known use of affection was in the 14th century

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“Affection.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/affection. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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