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Her apparent wealth was proven to be an affectation.
  behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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affectation affectations affectedly affectedness
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "ation" converts the verb affect to a noun.
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  • Her apparent wealth was proven to be an affectation.
  • He’s a good actor. He can change affectations and mannerisms like most people change clothes.
  • A plain speaker without airs or affectations, the chief fostered a spirit of collegiality among...
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist  -- 04/03/08)
  • Those who knew me formerly thought my name was freakish and an affectation of Frenchiness.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • The peculiar man waved a lazy wave at Ford and with an appalling affectation of nonchalance said, "Ford, hi, how are you?
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It means ’father’ in the Urgal tongue, an affectation that pleases him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Fagin’s affectation of humanity
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The bored haughty face that she turned to the world concealed something — most affectations conceal something eventually, even though they don’t in the beginning — and one day I found what it was.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his case.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • If Dolores knew, she would crawl up in her blanket of affectations and die circumspectly.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • What I finally realized were affectations—the smoking jacket that he sometimes wore to school and his foreign cigarettes, which were actually his mother’s—I thought were evidence of his higher breeding.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • ...I cannot see what it avails any christian church, or man in the world, to amuse himself with speculations and opinions, except it be to display their particular vanity and affectation.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Though his voice has yet to change, he has no feminine affectations.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Eunice [affectedly casual]:
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • All his interests they treated as affectations.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • In many senses, the Baroque period was characterized by vanity or affectation.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Thinking back on it, there was something affected about the way she paused when she mentioned the first husband, the casting down of the gaze, the catch in the throat, the slight quiver of lips, just as there was about the walloping energy and the joking, the lively, heavy-footed charm, the way even her slights landed softly, parachuted by a reassuring wink and laugh. Perhaps they were both trumped-up affectations or perhaps neither was.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • He hated his mother’s affectations.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I consider it an affectation to say that my grief prevents my attending to practical affairs.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Zooey gave a genuine roar of laughter, as if he clearly relished seeing any affectation brought to light, his own included.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • ] I hate this affectation of youth, sir.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • She speaks in the up-country twang of the poor South, not the refined drawl of the Delta, an affectation borrowed by the rich people of our own region.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • I must be getting on. Thank you for your society. (He reflects.) Unless I smoke another pipe before I go. ... But how am I to sit down now, without affectation, now that I have risen? Without appearing to –how shall I say– without appearing to falter.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • "I’m Cinna, your stylist," he says in a quiet voice somewhat lacking in the Capitol’s affectations.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • no ... phrase that might indite the author of affectation;
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • ...I could not doubt that you murmured the word ’stereotomy,’ a term very affectedly applied to this species of pavement.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • For so many years, my husband has lauded the emotional solidity of midwesterners: stoic, humble, without affectation!
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Now I felt that his affectations were more than affectations, that his personality had become fluid.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • She spoke quite simply, without any of her usual affectation.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • All the affectation of interest she had assumed had left her kindly and tear-worn face and it now expressed only anxiety and fear.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This Musketeer had just come off guard, complained of having a cold, and coughed from time to time affectedly.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I desire an explanation: playing and trifling are completely banished out of my mind; and I can’t dance attendance on your affectations now!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The Cat could see Jack of Diamonds behind her, pleasantly sipping liqueur from a clear goblet, his little finger raised in affectation.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Your indifference is half affectation, and a good stirring up would prove it.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She realized suddenly that playing with those marbles was not a deliberate affectation on his part; it was restlessness; he could not remain inactive for long.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Uncle Henry liked Scarlett immediately because, he said, he could see that for all her silly affectations she had a few grains of sense.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The man seemed to avoid them rather than to seek them, but this without any affectation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Mistrustfully and with an affectation of being alarmed and almost affronted, he scanned Raskolnikov’s low and narrow "cabin."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • MY aunt went on with a quiet enjoyment, in which there was very little affectation, if any; drinking the warm ale with a tea-spoon, and soaking her strips of toast in it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The thing is determined, that is (laughing affectedly) as far as I can presume to determine any thing without the concurrence of my lord and master.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I listened to his statement, which was delivered without any presumption or affectation, and then added that his lecture had removed my prejudices against modern chemists; I expressed myself in measured terms, with the modesty and deference due from a youth to his instructor, without letting escape (inexperience in life would have made me ashamed) any of the enthusiasm which stimulated my intended labours.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "I asked a civil question, and I expect a civil answer," he said affectedly.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • ’It is true, sir,’ returned Mrs. Sparsit, with an affectation of humility the very opposite of his, and therefore in no danger of jostling it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • There was with them no affectation.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • "That’s better," said Moreau, without affectation.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • "What affectation of diffidence was this at first?" they might have demanded; "what stupid regardlessness now?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her manner was simple, though for the very reason that she had not yet learned the many little affectations with which women conceal their true feelings.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Amory liked him for being clever and literary without effeminacy or affectation.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • I wonder not that the restraint appears to gall you—more it were for your honour to have retained the dress and language of an outlaw, than to veil the deeds of one under an affectation of gentle language and demeanour.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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