affectation affectation  /ˌæ fɛk ˈteɪ ʃən/


  • (n) a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display



  1. Audiences are immense and vastly eager but deliberate affectation on part of the actors they will not tolerate?and in those respects they are extremely hard to fool.
  2. David's display of anger yesterday was not spontaneous, but an affectation.


  • France’s Glorious Malaise

    The French live off their ennui much as the British live off the royal family. It's a marketing ploy with its degree of affectation.
    on July 11, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "I wouldn't call it a wild side," Tucci says. "Colin is a very sophisticated, regular guy. He's very erudite, but he's completely without affectation. He likes to go out like I do and have a great dinner and great wine and stay out and talk...
    on Dec 14, 2009 By: Stanley Tucci Source: USA Today

  2. Hugh tells the new issue of Playboy magazine, "I'm quite dubious anytime I hear any of my countrymen playing American. I think that's why House doesn't do so well in England...... The British are wise to me. Any sort of linguistic affectation drives...
    on Jan 15, 2009 By: Hugh Laurie Source: Showbiz Spy

  3. "It's true discomfort," said Josh Brolin, who stars in the film with Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones. "Ethan (Coen) and I have been to dinner and he's brought a book. And it's not an affectation."
    on Nov 3, 2007 By: Josh Brolin Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (registration)

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