An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies. (noun)
Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency. (noun)
Kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; settled good will. (noun)
Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection. --Dunglison. (noun)
to feel an affection, emotion or love for. (verb)
Examples of word affection
"She will rather die than give any sign of affection," says Benedick of Beatrice; and in that line Shakspere reveals one of the two essential traits of genuine modern coyness -- _dissemblance of feminine affection_.
_The affection which we rightly have for what is lovely must ordinate justly_, _in due manner end proportion_, _become the object of a new affection_, _or be itself beloved_, _in order to our being endued with that virtue which is the principle of a good life_.
_affection_ is naïve, to say the least, and need not be commented on after what has just been said about the true nature of affection and its altruistic test.
_how_, I say, to _set affection against affection_, and to master one by another, even as we used to hunt beast with beast, and fly bird with bird, which otherwise, percase, we could not so easily recover. '
With this there is united the complex sentiment which we term affection -- a sentiment which, as it exists between those of the same sex, must be regarded as an independent sentiment, but one which is here greatly exalted.