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a fek tay shuhn

  • n  a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

  • 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.
  • David's display of anger yesterday was not spontaneous, but an affectation.
  • In their first meeting, the naturalist Louis Halle found Carson "quiet, diffident, neat, proper and without affectation.
News & Articles

  • 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.
    July 11, 2013 - New York Times

  • Stanley Tucci in USA Today
    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...
  • Hugh Laurie in Showbiz Spy
    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...
  • Josh Brolin in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (registration)
    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."

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