Kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; settled good will.
Usage note: often in the plural; formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or toward(s); as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children
English Synonyms and Antonyms
An attachment is a feeling that binds a person by ties of heart to another person or thing; we speak of a man's adherence to his purpose, his adhesion to his party, or to anything to which he clings tenaciously, tho with no special tenderness; of his attachment to his church, to the old homestead, or to any persons or objects that he may hold dear. Affection expresses more warmth of feeling; we should not speak of a mother's attachment to her babe, but of her affection or of her devotion. Inclination expresses simply a tendency, which may be good or bad, yielded to or overcome; as, an inclination to study; an inclination to drink. Regard is more distant than affection or attachment, but closer and warmer than esteem; we speak of high esteem, kind regard. Compare ACQUAINTANCE; APPENDAGE; FRIENDSHIP; LOVE; UNION.
Attachment of a true man to his friends; attachment to a leader for his nobility of character; the attachments between two persons or things; attachment by muscular fibers, or by a rope, etc.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philianoun
a positive feeling of liking
"he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"
rawness, partiality, affectionateness, substance, philia, meat, centre, lovingness, center, tenderness, core, marrow, sum, nerve, ticker, warmth, fancy, nub, kernel, nitty-gritty, spirit, softheartedness, gist, tenderheartedness, warmness, inwardness, pith, heart, bosom, pump, essence, mettle, warmheartedness, heart and soul, fondness, soreness, spunk, eye, middle
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How to use affection in a sentence?
With the necessities of social distancing meaning fewer people having to look after more horses, Lewis and Fern have spent more time together than usual, during the past couple of weeks, they’ve since started showing real signs of affection for each other. As Fern isn’t in heat at the moment, we can’t put it down to lust.
Just because the males can’t do an exhibition of their love towards the kids like the females, doesn’t mean that a man can’t have affection better than a woman towards the children.
It doesn't change a bit for me, my affection for him, my respect for him as a leader and as a person.
I have a lot of friends that I've been talking to, and these are people who donate now and talking about holding back, and some are even questioning whether to send their kids to Fresno State, Dunkel told the Fresno Bee. I admire and have a lot of respect for President (Joseph) Castro and huge affection for Fresno State, Dunkel said. But I have huge concerns. This represents such an embarrassment to the university and the community. It's hard to believe this is an isolated thing that just happened. I have to imagine people previously knew of this person's character and what she's about. Fresno State President Joseph Castro acknowledged that he’s been having conversations with donors regarding the controversy. The conversations I'm having are more about their concern, and I share that concern. I understand where they're coming from. I'm asking them for understanding here as we work through the complexities of this issue.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affection and the truth of imagination.
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- обич, привързаностBulgarian
- afecte, afeccióCatalan, Valencian
- emoce, afekt, pocitCzech
- Zuneigung, RührungGerman
- πάθηση, τρυφερότητα, ασθένεια, συγκίνηση, στοργήGreek
- tauti, affektio, tunne, liikutus, vaikuttaminen, tuntemus, mieltymys, vahingoittaminen, mielenliikutus, ominaisuus, liikuttaminen, vahingoittuneisuus, kiintymys, vaivaFinnish
- tlachd, rùnScottish Gaelic
- kasih sayangIndonesian
- mīlestība, afekts, pieķeršanās, ietekmēšana, ietekmeLatvian
- afecção, afeição, afetoPortuguese
- любо́вь, привя́занность, эмоция, не́жностьRussian
- మమత, అనురాగంTelugu
- duygulanmak, meyil, eğilim, duygusal yakınlıkTurkish
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