Affecta'tion. n.s. [affectatio, Lat.] The act of making an artificial appearance.
In things of their own nature indifferent, if either councils or particular men have at any time, with sound judgment, misliked conformity between the church of God and infidels, the cause thereof hath been somewhat else than only affectation of dissimilitude. Hooker, b. iv. § 7.
It has been, from age to age, an affectation to love the pleasure of solitude, among those who cannot possibly be supposed qualified for passing life in that manner. Spectator, № 264.