Part of speech: noun

Pretense; display.

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Usage examples "affectation":

  1. At length Smith sighed deeply, but without affectation. - "The Mormon Prophet", Lily Dougall.
  2. Avoid haughtiness of behaviour, and affectation, of manners: it implies a want of solid merit. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. In such works, the setting is a mere affectation entirely out of taste. - "The Madonna in Art", Estelle M. Hurll.