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Synonyms for affectation
ˌæf ɛkˈteɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affectation, mannerism, pose, affectedness(noun)

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

    Synonyms:
    idiosyncrasy, foible, mannerism, affectedness, pose, airs

Wiktionary

  1. affectation(noun)

    An unusual mannerism.

    Synonyms:
    mannerism, eccentricity

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. affectation

    Pretense (Latin prætendo) primarily signifies the holding something forward as having certain rights or claims, whether truly or falsely; in the good sense, it is now rarely used except with a negative; as, there can be no pretense that this is due; a false pretense implies the possibility of a true pretense; but, alone and unlimited, pretense commonly signifies the offering of something for what it is not. Hypocrisy is the false pretense of moral excellence, either as a cover for actual wrong, or for the sake of the credit and advantage attaching to virtue. Cant (Latin cantus, a song), primarily the singsong iteration of the language of any party, school, or sect, denotes the mechanical and pretentious use of religious phraseology, without corresponding feeling or character; sanctimoniousness is the assumption of a saintly manner without a saintly character. As cant is hypocrisy in utterance, so sanctimoniousness is hypocrisy in appearance, as in looks, tones, etc. Pietism, originally a word of good import, is now chiefly used for an unregulated emotionalism; formalism is an exaggerated devotion to forms, rites, and ceremonies, without corresponding earnestness of heart; sham (identical in origin with shame) is a trick or device that puts one to shame, or that shamefully disappoints expectation or falsifies appearance. Affectation is in matters of intellect, taste, etc., much what hypocrisy is in morals and religion; affectation might be termed petty hypocrisy. Compare DECEPTION.

    Synonyms:
    cant, dissimulation, formalism, hypocrisy, pharisaism, pietism, pretense, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, sham

    Antonyms:
    candor, frankness, genuineness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, sincerity, transparency, truth, truthfulness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. affectation

    Synonyms:
    pretence, artifice, hypocrisy, assumption, simulation, mannerism, euphuism, airs

    Antonyms:
    genuineness, naturalness, un affectedness, simplicity, artlessness

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. affectation(n.)

    Synonyms:
    pretension, airs, affectedness, mannerism, assumed manners, affected manner

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. affectation(n)

    Synonyms:
    mannerism, pretension, puppetry, simulation

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How to use affectation in a sentence?

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

  2. Wendell Berry:

    Without a complex knowledge of one’s place and without the faithfulness to one’s place on which such knowledge depends, it is inevitable that the place will be used carelessly, and eventually destroyed. Without such knowledge and faithfulness, moreover, the culture of a country will be superficial and decorative, functional only insofar as it may be a symbol of prestige, the affectation of an elite or “in” group.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation.

  4. Francis Quarles:

    In thy apparel avoid singularity, profuseness, and gaudiness. Be not too early in the fashion, nor too late. Decency is half way between affectation and neglect. The body is the shell of the soul, apparel is the husk of that shell; the husk often tells you what the kernel is.

  5. Lavater:

    All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.


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