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af·fec·tion

affection

 
 
pronunciation:
fek shn
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part of speech: noun
definition: a friendly feeling of liking or loving someone or something.
I have very strong affection for my grandparents.
antonyms:
coldness
similar words:
attachment, caring, devotion, friendliness, good will, liking, love, tenderness, warmth
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The word affection contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.