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The word affect and its family (affected, affecting, affective, affectively, affects, unaffected) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun affect

What does affect mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: affects

  1. the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic word: feeling = the experiencing of affective and emotional states

Alternative definition of the noun affect


  1. [obsolete] One's mood or inclination; mental state. [definition 14th-17th c.]
  2. [obsolete] A desire, an appetite. [definition 16th-17th c.]
  3. [psychology] A subjective feeling experienced in response to a thought or other stimulus; mood, emotion, especially as demonstrated in external physical signs. [definition from 19th c.]

Definition of the verb affect

What does affect mean as a doing word?

Affect is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: affected | affecting | affects

  1. have an effect upon
  2. act physically on; have an effect upon
  3. connect closely and often incriminatingly
  4. make believe with the intent to deceive
  5. have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

Alternative definition of the verb affect


  1. [transitive] To influence or alter.
  2. [transitive] To move to emotion.
  3. [transitive] Of an illness or condition, to infect or harm (a part of the body).
  4. [transitive] To aim for, to try to obtain.
  5. [transitive, now rare] To feel affection for; to like, be fond of.
  6. [transitive] To make a false display of.


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  1. Affect is the experience of feeling or emotion. Affect is a key part of the process of an organism's interaction with stimuli. The word also refers sometimes to affect display, which is "a facial, vocal, or gestural behavior that serves as an indicator of affect".
  2. Affect is a concept used in the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza and elaborated by Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari that places emphasis on bodily experience. For Spinoza, as discussed in Parts Two and Three of his Ethics, affects are states of mind and body related to feelings and emotions, of which he says there are three primary kinds: pleasure or joy, pain or sorrow and desire or appetite. Subsequent philosophical usage by Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and their translator Brian Massumi, while derived explicitly from Spinoza, tends to distinguish more sharply than Spinoza does between affect and what are conventionally called emotions. Affects are difficult to grasp and conceptualize because, as Spinoza says, "an affect or passion of the mind [animi pathema] is a confused idea" which is only perceived by the increase or decrease it causes in the body's vital force. The term "affect" is central to what has become known as the "affective turn" in the humanities and social sciences.
  3. Affect: In linguistics, speaker affect is attitude or emotion that a speaker brings to an utterance. Affects such as sarcasm, contempt, dismissal, distaste, disgust, disbelief, exasperation, boredom, anger, joy, respect or disrespect, sympathy, pity, gratitude, wonder, admiration, humility, and awe are frequently conveyed through paralinguistic mechanisms such as intonation, facial expression, and gesture, and thus require recourse to punctuation or emoticons when reduced to writing, but there are grammatical and lexical expressions of affect as well, such as pejorative and approbative or laudative expressions or inflections, adversative forms, honorific and deferential language, interrogatives and tag questions, and some types of evidentiality.
    • also known as 語感

Phrases with Affect

Phrases starting with the word Affect:

  1. Affect display
  2. Affect Perseverance

Phrases ending with the word Affect:

  1. to affect
  2. Flat Affect

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affect

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Google previewVideo Games and the Mind (2016)

Essays on Cognition, Affect and Emotion by Bernard Perron, Felix Schr̦ter

As Guattari perfectly sums it up: “Affect is a process of existential appropriation through the continual creation of heterogeneous durations of being and, given this, we would certainly be better advised to cease treating it under the aegis of ...

Google previewVisual Affect Recognition (2010)

by Ioanna-Ourania Stathopoulou, George A. Tsihrintzis

Affect is an ability to affect and be affected, it is a pre-personal intensity corresponding to the passage from one...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

Affect is an observable pattern of behavior that describes an individual's prolonged emotional experience. Definitions • Emotion is a feeling state of...

Google previewBeyond the Finite (2011)

The Sublime in Art and Science by Roald Hoffmann, Iain Boyd Whyte

Without positive affect, there are few reasons for living, and people in depressive despair often choose death over life. Affect is the source of all intimacy—the profound interpersonal giving of oneself exhibited by people who are in love with life ...

Google previewTexts and Textiles (2017)

Affect, Synaesthesia and Metaphor in Fiction by Diana Mary Eva Thomas

But as Gilbert and Massumi have both pointed out, affect is an idea that is very...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (2013)

by Edward Branigan, Warren Buckland

Affect refers to sensations, feelings, and bodily states including visceral reactions, physiological arousal, and reflex responses to stimuli, such as flinching at startling sounds or movements. While affect is an essential component of emotion (for ...

Google previewRevisiting Normativity with Deleuze (2013)

by Rosi Braidotti, Patricia Pisters

Affect is the feeling for this variation; it is de-personalizing intensity as opening up access to the virtual, to the differential field,

puts it: 'Affect is the virtual as point of view, provided the visual metaphor is used guardedly'; (Massumi, 2002: 35).

Google previewChanging Character (1997)

Short-term Anxiety-regulating Psychotherapy For Restructuring Defenses, Affects, And Attachment by Leigh Mccullough Vaillant

Affect is the medium through which the bonds of attachment are either enhanced or stultified. Affect is the soil in which the bonds of attachment to self or others either grow or die. Tomkins emphasized that the affects are more powerful forces ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

AFFECT 11 express itself in always different actualities: the English revolution, the French revolution, the Russian revolution, are specific and different only because actuality is the expression of an Idea of revolution which can repeat itself ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (2008)

by Stewart Clegg, James R. Bailey

Affect has been defined in relation with cognition. Authors such as Robert Zajonc see affect as the output of an independent noncognitive system, whereas Stanley Schacter and Jerome Singer considered instead, affect as the output of two ...

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Usage statistics about affect

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Quotes about Affect

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish. (Robert Louis Stevenson)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4E1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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