Example sentences for: affectation

How can you use “affectation” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • In his 1755 Dictionary , Samuel Johnson derided the idea that a dictionary "can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in his power to change sublunary nature, and clear the world at once from folly, vanity, and affectation."

  • Similarly, the posh long “a” in grass (and indeed class ) was originally an affectation by courtiers in imitation of George IV: until then everyone in the country had pronounced class to rhyme with lass .

  • It is precisely this sense of "anti-race"--this affectation of colorless neutrality--that has allowed whiteness to insinuate itself as the social norm.

  • Oscar Wilde, the high priest of this movement whose adherents cultivated eccentricity in dress and affectation in speech and manner, came to America in 1882 on a lecture tour and presented in the flesh the image of an aesthete.

  • A piece argues that Attention Deficit Disorder isn't merely a psychosomatic affectation but a long-existing biological deficiency suddenly exposed by society's accelerating pace.


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