February 14, 2012
affection (noun)
\uh-FEK-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a quality or feeling of liking and caring for another
How do you use it?
"The lesson of a love that should display itself easily in spoken word and open look was one Marilla could never learn. But she had learned to love this slim, gray-eyed girl with an affection all the deeper and stronger from its very undemonstrativeness." (Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)
Are you a word wiz?

Our team of writers has a lot of affection for words with Latin roots—and "affection" is one of them. It comes from the Latin word "afficere." Which of the following do you think is the meaning of "afficere"?

What influenced your choice? If you chose C, perhaps you considered that feelings of affection have a strong influence on people. You could also have noticed how similar "affection" and "affect" are, and then considered that one meaning of "affect" is "to influence." Both words do, in fact, come from "afficere"—and they're the only two words in English that do. "Afficere" itself, though, comes from "facere," meaning "to do," and there are lots of reasons to have affection for "facere." It's given us many words, among them "fact," "feat," "satisfy," and "fashion."
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