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affection

AFFEC'TION, n.

1. The state of being affected. [Little used.]

2. Passion; but more generally,

3. A bent of mind towards a particular object, holding a middle place between disposition, which is natural, and passion, which is excited by the presence of its exciting object. Affection is a permanent bent of the mind, formed by the presence of an object, or by some act of another person, and existing without the presence of its object.

4. In a more particular sense, a settle good will, love or zealous attachment; as, the affection of a parent for his child. It was formerly followed by to or towards, but is now more generally followed by far.

5. Desire; inclination; propensity, good or evil; as, virtuous or vile affections. Rom. 1. Gal. 5.

6. In a general sense, an attribute, quality or property, which is inseparable from its object; as, love, fear and hope are affections of the mind; figure, weight, &c., are affections of bodies.

7. Among physicians, a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body; as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection.

8. In painting, a lively representation of passion.

Shakespeare uses the word for affectation; but this use is not legitimate.



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AFFEC'TION, n.

1. The state of being affected. [Little used.]

2. Passion; but more generally,

3. A bent of mind towards a particular object, holding a middle place between disposition, which is natural, and passion, which is excited by the presence of its exciting object. Affection is a permanent bent of the mind, formed by the presence of an object, or by some act of another person, and existing without the presence of its object.

4. In a more particular sense, a settle good will, love or zealous attachment; as, the affection of a parent for his child. It was formerly followed by to or towards, but is now more generally followed by far.

5. Desire; inclination; propensity, good or evil; as, virtuous or vile affections. Rom. 1. Gal. 5.

6. In a general sense, an attribute, quality or property, which is inseparable from its object; as, love, fear and hope are affections of the mind; figure, weight, &c., are affections of bodies.

7. Among physicians, a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body; as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection.

8. In painting, a lively representation of passion.

Shakespeare uses the word for affectation; but this use is not legitimate.

AF-FEC'TION, n.

  1. The state of being affected. [Little used.]
  2. Passion; but more generally,
  3. A bent of mind towards a particular object, holding a middle place between disposition, which is natural, and passion, which is excited by the presence of its exciting object. Affection is a permanent bent of the mind, formed by the presence of an object, or by some act of another person, and existing without the presence of its object. – Encyc.
  4. In a more particular sense, a settled good-will, love or zealous attachment; as, the affection of a parent for his child. It was formerly followed by to or toward, but is now more generally followed by for.
  5. Desire; inclination; propensity; good or evil; as, virtuous or vile affections. – Rom. i. Gal. 5.
  6. In a general sense, an attribute, quality or property, which is inseparable from its object; as, love, fear and hope are affections of the mind; figure, weight, &c., are affections of bodies.
  7. Among physicians, a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body; as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection.
  8. In painting, a lively representation of passion. Shakspeare uses the word for affectation; but this use is not legitimate.

Af*fec"tion
  1. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
  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.
    Macaulay.

  5. Prejudice; bias.

    [Obs.] Bp. Aylmer.
  6. 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.

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Affection

AFFEC'TION, noun

1. The state of being affected. [Little used.]

2. Passion; but more generally,

3. A bent of mind towards a particular object, holding a middle place between disposition, which is natural, and passion, which is excited by the presence of its exciting object. affection is a permanent bent of the mind, formed by the presence of an object, or by some act of another person, and existing without the presence of its object.

4. In a more particular sense, a settle good will, love or zealous attachment; as, the affection of a parent for his child. It was formerly followed by to or towards, but is now more generally followed by far.

5. Desire; inclination; propensity, good or evil; as, virtuous or vile affections. Romans 1:31. Galatians 5:24.

6. In a general sense, an attribute, quality or property, which is inseparable from its object; as, love, fear and hope are affections of the mind; figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.

7. Among physicians, a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body; as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection

8. In painting, a lively representation of passion.

Shakespeare uses the word for affectation; but this use is not legitimate.

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