N-VAR (disapproval)
If you say that someone's attitude or behaviour is an affectation, you disapprove of the fact that it is not genuine or natural, but is intended to impress other people.

Although it is long after dark, he is wearing black sunglasses. With anyone else you might think it was an affectation...

Lawson writes so well: in plain English, without fuss or affectation.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • affectation — Affectation. s. f. v. Passion que l on a pour certaines manieres d agir ou de parler. Affectation vicieuse. affectation de langage. certaine affectation de parler, de marcher, de rire &c. il y a de l affectation en tout ce qu il dit, en tout ce… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • affectation — AFFECTATION. s. f. Attachement vicieux à dire ou à faire certaines choses d une manière singulière. Il y a de l affectation en tout ce qu il fait, en tout ce qu il dit. Affectation marquée. Affectation de langage. Il n y a rien de naturel en elle …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Affectation — Af fec*ta tion, n. [L. affectatio: cf. F. affectation.] 1. An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show. An affectation of contempt. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Affectation is an awkward and forced… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affectation — (n.) studied display, 1540s, from Fr. affectation (16c.) or directly from L. affectationem (nom. affectatio) a striving after, a claiming, noun of action from pp. stem of affectare to strive for (see AFFECT (Cf. affect) (v.2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Affectation — (v. lat.), Verstellung, Ziererei …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Affectation — Affectation, Künstelei, Verstellung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • affectation — index bombast, color (deceptive appearance), false pretense, fustian, histrionics, pretense (ostentation), pretext …   Law dictionary

  • affectation — *pose, air, mannerism Analogous words: *pretense, pretension: pretentiousness, ostenta tion (see corresponding adjectives at SHOWY) Antonyms: artlessness Contrasted words: naturalness, simplicity, ingenuousness, naivete, unsophistication (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • affectation — [n] pretended behavior to make an impression air, airs, appearance, artificiality, facade, false front*, front, going Hollywood*, imitation, insincerity, mannerism, pose, pretense, pretension, pretentiousness, put on, putting on airs*, sham*,… …   New thesaurus

  • affectation — Affectation, Affectatio, Quintil …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • affectation — ► NOUN ▪ behaviour, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress …   English terms dictionary

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