affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia(noun)
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
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.
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How to use affection in a sentence?
She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like, when I saw her, it was a genuine expression of affection.
It doesn't change a bit for me, my affection for him, my respect for him as a leader and as a person.
Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
In all the important preparations of the mind she was complete: being prepared for matrimony by an hatred of home, restraint, and tranquillity; by the misery of disappointed affection, and contempt of the man she was to marry.
I wanted my mom around because she was my best friend. I wanted my kids to have that love and affection she gave me, now they'll never have that.
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- обич, привързаностBulgarian
- afecte, afeccióCatalan, Valencian
- pocit, afekt, emoceCzech
- Rührung, ZuneigungGerman
- τρυφερότητα, συγκίνηση, ασθένεια, πάθηση, στοργήGreek
- affektio, ominaisuus, mielenliikutus, vahingoittaminen, liikutus, tunne, tauti, vaikuttaminen, tuntemus, mieltymys, liikuttaminen, vahingoittuneisuus, kiintymys, vaivaFinnish
- rùn, tlachdScottish Gaelic
- kasih sayangIndonesian
- ietekme, pieķeršanās, afekts, ietekmēšana, mīlestībaLatvian
- afeição, afecção, afetoPortuguese
- эмоция, любо́вь, привя́занность, не́жностьRussian
- అనురాగం, మమతTelugu
- meyil, duygulanmak, eğilim, duygusal yakınlıkTurkish
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