- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
Feeling or emotion. Mention is made of "vile affections" (Romans 1:26) and "inordinate affection" (Colossians 3:5). Christians are exhorted to set their affections on things above (Colossians 3:2). There is a distinction between natural and spiritual or gracious affections (Ezekiel 33:32).
1. The state of being affected. [Little used.]
2. Passion; but more generally,
3. A bent of mind towards a particular object, holding a middle place between disposition, which is natural, and passion, which is excited by the presence of its exciting object. affection is a permanent bent of the mind, formed by the presence of an object, or by some act of another person, and existing without the presence of its object.
4. In a more particular sense, a settle good will, love or zealous attachment; as, the affection of a parent for his child. It was formerly followed by to or towards, but is now more generally followed by far.
6. In a general sense, an attribute, quality or property, which is inseparable from its object; as, love, fear and hope are affections of the mind; figure, weight, etc., are affections of bodies.
7. Among physicians, a disease, or any particular morbid state of the body; as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection
8. In painting, a lively representation of passion.
Shakespeare uses the word for affectation; but this use is not legitimate.
1. Having great love, or affection; fond; as, an affectionate brother.
2. Warm in affection; zealous.
Man, in his love to God, and desire to please him, can never be too affectionate
3. Proceeding from affection; indicating love; benevolent; tender; as, the affectionate care of a parent; an affectionate countenance.
4. Inclined to; warmly attached. [Little used.]
AFFEC'TIONATELY, adverb With affection; fondly; tenderly; kindly. 1 Thessalonians 2:8.
AFFEC'TIONATENESS, noun Fondness; goodwill; affection.
1. Disposed; having an affection of heart.
Be ye kindly affectioned one to another. Romans 12:10.
2. Affected; conceited. obsolete
Should be set upon:
Enkindled by communion with Christ
Blessedness of making God the object of