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affectation

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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Etymology

First attested in 1548. From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] affectātiōnem (possibly via French affectation) < affectō (I feign).

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affectation

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  1. An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.
  2. An unusual mannerism.

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