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 Dictionary entry overview: What does affected mean? 

AFFECTED (adjective)
  The adjective AFFECTED has 3 senses:

1. acted upon; influenced
2. speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
3. being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion

  Familiarity information: AFFECTED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

AFFECTED (adjective)

Sense 1affected [BACK TO TOP]


Acted upon; influenced


impressed (deeply or markedly affected or influenced)

wonder-struck (affected by or overcome with wonder)

taken (be affected with an indisposition)

subject (likely to be affected by something (especially something unpleasant))

stage-struck (infatuated with or enthralled by the theater especially the desire to act)

smitten; stricken; struck ((used in combination) affected by something overwhelming)


affected; moved; stirred; touched (being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion)


unaffected (undergoing no change when acted upon)

Sense 2affected [BACK TO TOP]


Speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression


affected; unnatural


plummy ((of a voice) affectedly mellow and rich)

mannered (having unnatural mannerisms)

elocutionary ((used of style of speaking) overly embellished)

constrained; forced; strained (lacking spontaneity; not natural)

artificial; contrived; hokey; stilted (artificially formal)

agonistic; strained (struggling for effect)


deliberate; studied (produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation)


affectedness (the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others))


unaffected (free of artificiality; sincere and genuine)

Sense 3affected [BACK TO TOP]


Being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion


moved; stirred; touched; affected

Context examples:

too moved to speak / very touched by the stranger's kindness


sick (deeply affected by a strong feeling)


affected (acted upon; influenced)

emotional (of more than usual emotion)

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