Affectation

Definition of Affectation

Af`fec`ta´tion
n.1.An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.
Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural what is natural.
- Locke.
2.A striving after.
3.Fondness; affection.

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