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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.


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