February 14, 2017
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?
"He smiled at his youngest son, his round, rather chubby face crinkling in affection." (Susan Cooper, _The Dark Is Rising_)
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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