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affectation
used in The Magic Mountain

10 uses
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Definition
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
  • Frau Stohr's affectations were dreadful to behold.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (47% in)
  • I'm so listless," she said, drawling it out with the affectation of the uneducated.
    3.2 - Breakfast (56% in)
  • The cord of her pince-nez tucked behind her ear, she spoke with an affectation that was absolutely excruciating, and from up close, one had the impression of a woman whose reason had long suffered the tortures of boredom.
    4.3 - He Tries Out His Conversational French (41% in)
  • Conversation with his cousin had not satisfied his chatty affectation, and so he had intentionally struck up a new acquaintance.
    5.4 - Mercury's Moods (68% in)
  • She noticed, however, and as she stood there, bashful and demure, she thrust her head forward at a slight tilt and smiled affectedly with pursed lips, blinking her eyes rapidly.
    5.8 - Danse Macabre (**% in)
  • Only recently she had told her tablemates about the "affectation" in the tips of her lungs and then, when conversation turned to historical matters, declared that remembering dates had always been her "ring of Polycrates"—which was likewise greeted by rather frozen expressions on the faces of those around her.
    6.4 - An Outburst of Temper / Something Very Embarrassing (5% in)
  • He was himself more than a little ill; but without any affectation, he could say he was more inclined to be ashamed of the fact.
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (41% in)
  • His advances to the dwarf were such that the crippled woman grinned until her aged, oversize face was a wreath of wrinkles; he paid Frau Stohr compliments that made the vulgar woman roll her shoulder forward even farther and turned her affectations into almost crazed antics; he asked Fraulein Kleefeld to kiss him on his great, ragged lips and charmed even disconsolate Frau Magnus—and all without any detriment to the tender devotion he showed his traveling companion, whose hand he...
    7.3 - Vingt et un (91% in)
  • As a matter of fact, the sight of this demure affectation aroused another, more distant memory in her monitor—it reminded him more or less of the way Karen Karstedt had smiled as she had stood with him and Joachim beside her still-undug grave in the Dorf cemetery.
    7.8 - Highly Questionable (69% in)
  • Naphta was smoking a cigarette, and Hans Castorp asked himself whether he would like to do the same and, finding that he had not the least desire, decided this had to be an affectation on Naphta's part.
    7.9 - The Great Petulance (93% in)

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