n. The state of having one's feelings affected; bent or disposition of mind; phase of mental disposition; feeling.n. A settled good will, love, or zealous attachment: as, the affection of a parent for his child: generally followed by for, sometimes by to or toward, before the object.n. Natural instinct or impulse; sympathy.n. Prejudice; bias.n. A modification; the effect or result of action upon a thing; especially, in psychology, a passive modification of consciousness.n. In metaphysics (translation of Gr. πάθος, suffering), one of those qualities of bodies by which they directly affect the senses: often improperly extended to other properties of bodies.n. A disease, or the condition of being diseased; a morbid or abnormal state of body or mind: as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection.n. In painting, a lively representation of passion. Wotton.n. Affectation.n. Synonyms Attachment, Fondness, etc. (see love), tenderness, partiality, bias. See passion.To love; have an affection for.n. In recent psychol., the elementary feeling-process; the pure or qualitatively simple feeliug, in which there is no admixture of sensation. See the extract.n. In trigonometry, relation to .n. In law, the making over, pawning, or mortgaging of a thing to assure the payment of a sum of money or the discharge of some other duty or service.