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affectation

Roget category 855

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.2. Discriminative affections

#855. Affectation

noun

affectationaffectedness etc. adj. — acting a part etc. v. — pretense etc. (falsehood) 544, (ostentation) 882boasting etc. 884.
charlatanism, quackery, shallow profunditypretension, airs, pedantry, purism, precisianism, euphuismteratology etc. (altiloquence) 577.
mannerism, simagree, grimace.
conceit, foppery, dandyism, man millinery, coxcombry, puppyism.
stiffness, formality, buckramprudery, demureness, coquetry, mock modesty, minauderie, sentimentalismmauvais honte, false shame.
affector, performer, actorpedant, pedagogue, doctrinaire, purist, euphuist, manneristgrimacierlump of affectation, precieuse ridicule [Fr.], bas bleu [Fr.], blue stocking, poetaster prigcharlatan etc. (deceiver) 548petit maitre etc. (fop) 854flatterer etc. 935coquette, prude, puritan.

verb

affect, act a part, put ongive oneself airs etc. (arrogance) 885boast etc. 884coquetsimper, mince, attitudinize, poseflirt a fanoveract, overdo.

adjective

affected, full of affectation, pretentious, pedantic, stilted, stagy, theatrical, big-sounding, ad captandumcanting, insincere.
not natural, unnatural self-consciousmaniereartificialoverwrought, overdone, overactedeuphuist etc. 577.
stiff, starch, formal, prim, smug, demure, tire a quatre epingles, quakerish, puritanical, prudish, pragmatical, priggish, conceited, coxcomical, foppish, dandifiedfinical, finikinmincing, simpering, namby-pamby, sentimental.

phrase

conceit in weakest bodies strongest works" [Hamlet].



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