[n] a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
\Af`fec*ta"tion\, n. [L. affectatio: cf. F. affectation.]
1. An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show. ``An affectation of contempt.'' --Macaulay. Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural what is natural. --Locke.
2. A striving after. [Obs.] --Bp. Pearson.
3. Fondness; affection. [Obs.] --Hooker.