Meaning of “affectation” in the English Dictionary

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"affectation" in British English

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affectationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌæf.ekˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌæf.ekˈteɪ.ʃən/ disapproving

behaviour or speech that is not sincere:

She has so many little affectations.
His manner reeks of affectation.
"It doesn't concern me," he said with an affectation of nonchalance.

(Definition of “affectation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"affectation" in American English

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affectationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌæf·ekˈteɪ·ʃən/

speech or behavior that is not natural or sincere and is used to produce a certain effect:

[ C ] She has many annoying little affectations.

(Definition of “affectation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)