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affectation
used in Gulliver's Travels

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Definition
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
  • no pride, vanity, or affectation
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (73% in)
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
  • ...to rebuild them after the present mode; destroy all his plantations, and cast others into such a form as modern usage required, and give the same directions to all his tenants, unless he would submit to incur the censure of pride, singularity, affectation, ignorance, caprice, and perhaps increase his majesty's displeasure; that the admiration I appeared to be under would cease or diminish, when he had informed me of some particulars which, probably, I never heard of at court, the...
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (36% in)
  • ...clothes in his pastern, one piece after another, and examined them diligently; he then stroked my body very gently, and looked round me several times; after which, he said, it was plain I must be a perfect Yahoo; but that I differed very much from the rest of my species in the softness, whiteness, and smoothness of my skin; my want of hair in several parts of my body; the shape and shortness of my claws behind and before; and my affectation of walking continually on my two hinder feet.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (21% in)

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