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affection

af·fec·tion

affection

 
 
pronunciation:
fek shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a feeling of warmth and fondness for someone or something.
As a kindergarten teacher, I develop affection for the children in my class each year.He loves his children, but sometimes it's difficult for him to show his affection to them.
synonyms:
fondness
antonyms:
antipathy, coldness
similar words:
attachment, caring, devotion, friendliness, good will, liking, love, partiality, tenderness, warmth
definition 2: (often pl.) emotion, esp. love.
I can see why she is the object of his affections.
synonyms:
emotion, feelings, sentiment
similar words:
love
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The word affection 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-.