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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Jennifer, she scolds herself, be warm too, more affectionate.
▪ But the relationship became more affectionate.
▪ Both have made a success of their lives, both are very affectionate and both have children and happy marriages.
▪ They are by nature very affectionate children, capable of great love touched with a sense of real innocence.
▪ I have very affectionate memories of Sidney, one of the elder Fawcett boys.
▪ a very affectionate child
▪ He gave me an affectionate hug and then left.
▪ She's a very affectionate child.
▪ From being a little bitter it had become increasingly affectionate, as Matey had shrewdly noted.
▪ How can our marriage, affectionate but exhausted, survive the strain of such proximity?
▪ She held her breath as their lips met, but this one was gentle and affectionate, like a brother and sister.
▪ Tension can be reduced and warmth increased with soft, warm hellos, friendly smiles, and long, affectionate hugs.
▪ This friendly, affectionate behaviour is often extended to humans.
▪ Though such feelings are usually also involved in our intimate, affectionate relationships, they are not absolutely necessary to them.
▪ While Nelson expressed affectionate thoughts about his parents, he was also clearly in conflict with them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Affectionate \Af*fec"tion*ate\, a. [Cf. F. affectionn['e].]

  1. Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond; as, an affectionate brother.

  2. Kindly inclined; zealous. [Obs.]

    Man, in his love God, and desire to please him, can never be too affectionate.

  3. Proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender; as, the affectionate care of a parent; affectionate countenance, message, language.

  4. Strongly inclined; -- with to. [Obs.]

    Syn: Tender; attached; loving; devoted; warm; fond; earnest; ardent.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "fond, loving," from affection + -ate (1). Early, now mostly obsolete, senses included "inclined" (1530s), "prejudiced" (1530s), "passionate" (1540s), "earnest" (c.1600). Other forms also used in the main modern sense of the word included affectious (1580s), affectuous (mid-15c.).


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context of a person English) Having affection or warm regard; loving; fond. 2 (context of an action, etc. English) Characterised by or proceeding from affection; indicating love; tender. Etymology 2


  2. 1 (context rare English) To show affection to; to have affection for. 2 (context obsolete reflexive English) To emotionally attach (oneself) to.


adj. having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "caring parents"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace" [syn: caring, fond, lovesome, tender, warm]

Affectionate (EP)

Affectionate is an EP by breakcore artist Venetian Snares.

Usage examples of "affectionate".

With an increasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration of myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

In parting from you, I beg to express the gratitude I have felt all my life for the affectionate fidelity which characterised your teaching and conduct toward me.

After listening, however, to the affectionate remonstrances of the faculty and board of trustees, who well knew the value of his wisdom in the supervision of the college and the power of his mere presence and example upon the students, he resumed his labours with the resolution to remain at his post and carry forward the great work he had so auspiciously begun.

Mercedes had fallen half fainting, when released from the warm and affectionate embrace of old Dantes.

Morrel was kinder to his wife, more affectionate to his daughter, than he had ever been.

God knows, I would prefer sacrificing the whole, so that it would obtain me a happy and affectionate home.

Monte Cristo was more affectionate than ever, -- indeed, his manner was so kind that several times Morrel was on the point of telling him all.

But when you have the honor of associating with ordinary men, and the pleasure of leaving politics for a moment, try to find your affectionate heart, which you leave with your stick when you go to the Chamber.

The noise of the door did not awaken her, and Monte Cristo gazed at her with affectionate regret.

Helen not only had an extraordinarily affectionate nature, but Annie could feel secure that her love would continue.

Anagnos had just finished writing her a most affectionate letter, saying that both he and Mrs.

It was the difference between the manners of Tewksbury and Tuscumbia, between being brought up amid the cruelties of the almshouse and the affectionate warmth of an upper-middle-class Southern home, between an Irish cultural heritage of black pessimism and hot hatred of patronizing rulers and the genial, self-confident outlook of a class that despite the Civil War was still master.

An equally affectionate and excited letter reported her arrival at Perkins to her mother.

A letter from Caroline Derby, who had joined with Helen the previous May in organizing the tea for the kindergarten, conveyed an affectionate message to Helen from Mrs.

How could this most affectionate of human beings not have been touched by serious thoughts of love, by fires of desire during these years of womanly awakening?