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affectation


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Affectation  is  an  awkward  and  forced  imitation  of 
  what  should  be  genuine  and  easy,  wanting  the  beauty 
  that  accompanies  what  is  natural  what  is  natural. 
  --Locke. 
 
  2.  A  striving  after  [Obs.]  --Bp.  Pearson. 
 
  3.  Fondness;  affection.  [Obs.]  --Hooker. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  affectation 
  n  :  a  deliberate  pretense  or  exaggerated  display  [syn:  {mannerism}, 
  {pose}] 




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