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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 af·fec·tion /əˈfɛkʃən/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 af·fec·tion /əˈfɛkʃən/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 af·fec·tion n.
 1. The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
 2. Philosophy  An attribute, especially a contingent or alterable quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies. “The affections of quantity.”
 And, truly, waking dreams were, more or less,
 An old and strange affection of the house.   --Tennyson.
 3. Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency.
    Affection is applicable to an unpleasant as well as a pleasant state of the mind, when impressed by any object or quality.   --Cogan.
 4. A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; -- often in the pl.  Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children.
    All his affections are set on his own country.   --Macaulay.
 5. Prejudice; bias. [Obs.]
 6. Med. Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection.
 7. The lively representation of any emotion.
 8. Affectation. [Obs.] “Spruce affection.”
 9. Passion; violent emotion. [Obs.]
 Most wretched man,
 That to affections does the bridle lend.   --Spenser.
 Syn: -- Attachment; passion; tenderness; fondness; kindness; love; liking; good will. See Attachment; Disease.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the
          affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"
          [syn: affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart,

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    feeling or emotion. Mention is made of "vile affections" (Rom.
    1:26) and "inordinate affection" (Col. 3:5). Christians are
    exhorted to set their affections on things above (Col. 3:2).
    There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious
    affections (Ezek. 33:32).