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affair

af·fair

affair

 
pronunciation:
feIr
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an occurrence, event, matter, or happening.
It was a sad affair when the senator's son was kidnapped.
synonyms:
event, happening, incident, matter, occurrence
similar words:
business, episode, occasion
definition 2: (pl.) public or business matters.
As mayor, he is busy with the affairs of the city.
similar words:
business, concerns, matters, transactions, undertakings
definition 3: a party or social gathering.
Their wedding was the most exciting affair of the summer.
synonyms:
event, function, party
similar words:
occasion, reception, social, soiree
definition 4: a personal matter or concern.
The matter is private, and not your affair.
synonyms:
business, concern, matter
definition 5: a love relationship, often an illicit one.
I heard that her husband is having an affair with the woman next door.
synonyms:
amour, intrigue, liaison
similar words:
adultery, relationship
definition 6: a controversial situation or occurrence; scandal.
Articles about the Watergate affair were in the newspapers every day.
synonyms:
scandal
similar words:
controversy, debacle, fiasco, furor
Word Parts
The word affair contains the following part:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.