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Definition of affection:

  1. 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.
  2. Affectation.
  3. An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies.
  4. 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.
  5. Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection.
  6. Passion; violent emotion.
  7. Prejudice; bias.
  8. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
  9. The lively representation of any emotion.

Synonyms:

fingerprint, mark, distemperature, affectivity, penchant, attribution, devotedness, attribute, bosom, warmness, soreness, centre, spunk, rawness, aptitude, substance, ail, disposition, heart, nub, bond, core, feature, essence, warmheartedness, spirit, nitty-gritty, differentia, genius, ill, pith, property, middle, dislike, pump, partiality, devices, tenderheartedness, taste, bone, esteem, hatred, touch, nerve, heart and soul, predisposition, note, particularity, marrow, soft spot, quality, love affair, character, concern, diagnostic, meat, point, kernel, trouble, specific, ticker, good will, inwardness, propensity, fondness, leaning, lovingness, philia, impulse, inclination, solicitude, affectionateness, center, peculiarity, tendency, connect, eye, hallmark, criterion, proclivity, softheartedness, predilection, estimation, mettle, habitude, marker, distemper, turn, adhesion, loyalty, preference, union, bent, adherence, tenderness, gist, bias, sum, feelings, trait, fancy, stamp.

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