affected

[[t]əfe̱ktɪd[/t]]
ADJ: usu ADJ n (disapproval)
If you describe someone's behaviour as affected, you disapprove of the fact that they behave in an unnatural way that is intended to impress other people.

She passed along with an affected air and a disdainful look.

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  • Affected — Af*fect ed ([a^]f*f[e^]kt [e^]d), p. p. & a. 1. Regarded with affection; beloved. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His affected Hercules. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. Inclined; disposed; attached. [1913 Webster] How stand you affected to his wish? Shak. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affected — affected; un·affected; …   English syllables

  • affected — [adj1] deeply moved or hurt emotionally afflicted, altered, changed, compassionate, concerned, damaged, distressed, excited, grieved, impaired, impressed, influenced, injured, overwhelmed, overwrought, sorry, stimulated, stirred, sympathetic,… …   New thesaurus

  • affected — index bogus, formal, grandiose, histrionic, inclined, interested, orgulous, orotund, pretentious ( …   Law dictionary

  • affected — (adj.) pp. adjective from AFFECT (Cf. affect) (v.2); 1530s in the now obsolete sense favorably disposed (preserved in DISAFFECTED (Cf. disaffected)); meaning artificially displayed is recorded from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • affected — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ artificial and designed to impress. DERIVATIVES affectedly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • affected — affected1 [ə fekt′id] adj. [pp. of AFFECT1] 1. attacked by disease; afflicted 2. influenced; acted upon 3. emotionally moved or touched affected2 [a fekt′id, əfekt′id] adj. [pp. of …   English World dictionary

  • affected — affected1 /euh fek tid/, adj. 1. acted upon; influenced. 2. influenced in a harmful way; impaired, harmed, or attacked, as by climate or disease. 3. (of the mind or feelings) impressed; moved; touched: She was deeply affected by their generosity …   Universalium

  • affected — I. /əˈfɛktəd / (say uh fektuhd) adjective 1. acted upon; influenced: the affected group. 2. influenced injuriously; impaired; attacked, as by climate, disease or pollution, etc.: *It only takes a small quantity of oil to create a mammoth… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Affected — Affect Af*fect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Affected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Affecting}.] [L. affectus, p. p. of afficere to affect by active agency; ad + facere to make: cf. F. affectere, L. affectare, freq. of afficere. See {Fact}.] 1. To act upon; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affected — adjective Date: 1587 1. inclined, disposed < was well affected toward her > 2. a. given to or marked by affectation < spoke in an affected manner > b. assumed artificially or falsely ; pret …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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