Know Your Next Word : affectation

18. affectation :

noun :

unnatural or artificial behavior, usually intended to impress

usage :

• Becky’s English accent is an affectation. He spent only a week in England and that was several years ago.

• Elizabeth had somehow acquired the absurd affectation of pretending that she didn't know how to turn on a television set.

• A person with an affectation is said to be affected.

• To affect a characteristic or habit is to adopt it consciously, usually in the hope of impressing other people.

• Edward affected to be more of an artist than he really was. Everyone hated him for it.

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