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affection sb. (the usual S. sense is the ordinary one of ‘love’; 4 is rare)
1. emotion, feeling, esp. pl. LLL. I. i. 9, Mer.V. I. i. 16, Cæs. II. i. 20 “when his affections sway'd More than his reason.”
2. mental tendency, natural disposition Mer.V. I. ii. 37, Mac. IV. iii. 77 “my most ill-compos'd affection.”
3. state of mind towards a thing, bent, inclination, wish Tp. I. ii. 478 “My affections Are then most humble,” Ado II. ii. 7 “whatsoever comes athwart his affection,” LLL. V. i. 95, Cor. I. i. 109.
4. affectation LLL. V. ii. 408, Ham. II. ii. 473 (Qq).
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