A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-fek-tid]
    • /əˈfɛk tɪd/
    • /əˈfek.tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-fek-tid]
    • /əˈfɛk tɪd/

Definitions of affected word

  • adjective affected If you describe someone's behaviour as affected, you disapprove of the fact that they behave in an unnatural way that is intended to impress other people. 3
  • adjective affected deeply moved, esp by sorrow or grief 3
  • adjective affected changed, esp detrimentally 3
  • adjective affected behaving, speaking, etc, in an artificial or assumed way, esp in order to impress others 3
  • adjective affected feigned 3
  • adjective affected inclined; disposed 3

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Origin of affected

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
First recorded in 1570-80; affect1 + -ed2

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Parts of speech for Affected


affected popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

affected usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for affected

adj affected

  • impressed — to press or force into public service, as sailors.
  • distressed — afflicted with or suffering distress: distress livestock; distress wheat.
  • concerned — If you are concerned to do something, you want to do it because you think it is important.
  • damaged — injury or harm that reduces value or usefulness: The storm did considerable damage to the crops.
  • touched — moved; stirred: They were very touched by your generosity.

adjective affected

  • la-di-da — affected; pretentious; foppish: a la-di-da manner.
  • posh — sumptuously furnished or appointed; luxurious: a posh apartment.

noun affected

  • kitsch — something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

Antonyms for affected

adj affected

  • collected — An author's collected works or letters are all their works or letters published in one book or in a set of books.
  • untroubled — without trouble, discomfort, or disturbance: an easy, untroubled life; He was untroubled by daily setbacks.
  • ok — all right; proceeding normally; satisfactory or under control: Things are OK at the moment.
  • sane — free from mental derangement; having a sound, healthy mind: a sane person.
  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

adjective affected

  • disaffected — discontented and disloyal, as toward the government or toward authority.

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