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fond attachment, devotion, or love:
the affection of a parent for an only child.
Often, affections.

emotion; feeling; sentiment:
over and above our reason and affections.
the emotional realm of love:
a place in his affections.

Pathology. a disease, or the condition of being diseased; abnormal state of body or mind:
a gouty affection.
the act of affecting; act of influencing or acting upon.
the state of being affected.
Philosophy. a contingent, alterable, and accidental state or quality of being.
the affective aspect of a mental process.
bent or disposition of mind.
Obsolete. bias; prejudice.
a feeling of fondness or tenderness for a person or thing; attachment
(often pl) emotion, feeling, or sentiment: to play on a person’s affections
(pathol) any disease or pathological condition
(psychol) any form of mental functioning that involves emotion See also affect1 (sense 2)
the act of affecting or the state of being affected
(archaic) inclination or disposition

early 13c., “an emotion of the mind, passion, lust as opposed to reason,” from Old French afection (12c.) “emotion, inclination, disposition; love, attraction, enthusiasm,” from Latin affectionem (nominative affectio) “a relation, disposition; a temporary state; a frame, constitution,” noun of state from past participle stem of afficere “to do something to, act on” (see affect (n.)). Sense developed from “disposition” to “good disposition toward” (late 14c.). Related: Affections.

affection af·fec·tion (ə-fěk’shən)

A tender feeling toward another; fondness.

A bodily condition; disease.

feeling or emotion. Mention is made of “vile affections” (Rom. 1:26) and “inordinate affection” (Col. 3:5). Christians are exhorted to set their affections on things above (Col. 3:2). There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious affections (Ezek. 33:32).


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