affectation

affectation
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Artificiality of manner
Nouns
1. (affected quality) affectation, affectedness, artificiality, insincerity, histrionics, ostentation; charlatanism, quackery (See deception); pretense, gloss, veneer, facade, false show or front; pose, pretension, airs; false modesty; pedantry, euphuism; preciosity, preciousness; conceit; foppery, dandyism, coxcombry, stiffness, formality; mannerism, character trait, quirk, idiosyncrasy; prudery, prissiness, coquetry, puritanism, sanctimony; posing, posturing; crocodile tears, prunes and prisms. Informal, trademark. Slang, side; phoniness, put-on. See falsehood.
2. (affected person) fop, coxcomb, dandy, beau, popinjay, blade, sport; attitudinarian; poser, poseur, pretender, hypocrite; faker, sham, pedant, bluestocking, prude, prig, puritan; charlatan, deceiver; whited sepulcher. Informal, nice Nelly, Adonis. Slang, dude, macaroni; chalker, cookie, frosty; drugstore cowboy; choirboy; straw man; phony, fraud, fake.
Verbs — affect, act, put on or give oneself airs, feign, sham; simper, mince; attitudinize, pose, posture, assume or strike an attitude, put up or on a front; make [out] like; overact, dramatize. Informal, fake, playact, camp it up.
Adjectives — affected, pretentious, artificial, insincere, pedantic, stilted, stagy, theatrical, sham, histrionic; unnatural, self-conscious, stiff, starchy, formal, prim, smug, prudish, priggish, puritanical, sanctimonious; foppish, dandified; overmodest; precious, mannered, mincing, namby-pamby; glib, butter wouldn't melt in one's mouth, holier than thou. Informal, phony, fake; art[s]y, hinkty, plastic; tight as a drum, goat or tick.
Adverbs — affectedly, prudishly, etc.; for show or effect.
Quotations — Methinks he doth protest too much (Shakespeare).
Antonyms, See simpleness, modesty, probity.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. pose, mannerism, simulation; see pose , pretense 1 , 2 .
See Synonym Study at pose .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.
[AF ek TAY shun]
phony or unnatural behavior, often displayed in an attempt to impress.
His cultured speech was only an affectation.
SYN.: pretense, pretentiousness, fraud, airs, show, performance, display, *going Hollywood, act, pose, posture, mannerism, studied manner, *Oscar performance.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Artificial behavior adopted to impress others: affectedness, air (used in plural), mannerism, pose, pretense. See HONEST, TRUE.

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  • affectation — AFFECTATION. s. f. Attachement vicieux à dire ou à faire certaines choses d une manière singulière. Il y a de l affectation en tout ce qu il fait, en tout ce qu il dit. Affectation marquée. Affectation de langage. Il n y a rien de naturel en elle …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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