Definitions for: Affection

[n] a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"

Webster (1913) Definition: Af*fec"tion, n. [F. affection, L. affectio, fr.
afficere. See Affect.]
1. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being

2. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily
state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
``The affections of quantity.'' --Boyle.

And, truly, waking dreams were, more or less, An old
and strange affection of the house. --Tennyson.

3. Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural
impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as,
the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the
malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination;
disposition; propensity; tendency.

Affection is applicable to an unpleasant as well as
a pleasant state of the mind, when impressed by any
object or quality. --Cogan.

4. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender
attachment; -- often in the pl. Formerly followed by to,
but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial,
social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for
or towards children.

All his affections are set on his own country.

5. Prejudice; bias. [Obs.] --Bp. Aylmer.

6. (Med.) Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary
affection. --Dunglison.

7. The lively representation of any emotion. --Wotton.

8. Affectation. [Obs.] ``Spruce affection.'' --Shak.

9. Passion; violent emotion. [Obs.]

Most wretched man, That to affections does the
bridle lend. --Spenser.

Syn: Attachment; passion; tenderness; fondness; kindness;
love; good will. See Attachment; Disease.

Synonyms: affectionateness, fondness, heart, tenderness, warmheartedness

See Also: attachment, feeling, fond regard, protectiveness, regard, respect, soft spot

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