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Affe'ctionate. adj. [affectionné, Fr. from affection.]

  1. Full of affection; strongly moved; warm; zealous.

    In their love of God, and desire to please him, men can never be too affectionate; and it is as true, that, in their hatred of sin, men may be sometimes too passionate. Sprat's Sermons.

  2. Strongly inclined to; disposed to; with the particle to.

    As for the parliament, it presently took fire, being affectionate, of old, to the war of France. Bacon's Henry VII.

  3. Fond; tender.

    He found me sitting, beholding this picture, I know not with how affectionate countenance, but, I am sure, with a most affectionate mind. Sidney.

                            Away they fly
    Affectionate, and undesiring bear
    The most delicious morsel to their young.
    Thomson's Spring.

  4. Benevolent; tender.

    When we reflect on all this affectionate care of providence for our happiness, with what wonder must we observe the little effect it has on men. Rogers's Sermons.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Rogers, John (38) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Sprat, Thomas (20) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385)

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