a love affair.
I don’t think, in the first case, that this was an affaire de coeur, as the Frenchmen say.
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noun (pl) affaires de coeur (afɛr də kœr)
an affair of the heart; love affair
anything done or to be done; anything requiring action or effort; business; concern: an affair of great importance. affairs, matters of commercial or public interest or concern; the transactions of public or private business or finance: affairs of state; Before taking such a long trip you should put all your affairs in order. an event […]
to act on; produce an effect or change in: Cold weather affected the crops. to impress the mind or move the feelings of: The music affected him deeply. (of pain, disease, etc.) to attack or lay hold of. Psychology. feeling or emotion. Psychiatry. an expressed or observed emotional response: Restricted, flat, or blunted affect may […]
- Affect to
to give the appearance of; pretend or feign: to affect knowledge of the situation. to assume artificially, pretentiously, or for effect: to affect a Southern accent. to use, wear, or adopt by preference; choose; prefer: the peculiar costume he affected. to assume the character or attitude of: to affect the freethinker. (of things) to tend […]