affectionate adj : having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "caring parents"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace" [syn: caring, fond, lovesome, tender, warm]
Etymology 1Partly from etyl la affectionatus, partly fro affection + -ate.
Etymology 2Either from the adjective, or from affection + -ate (modelled on Middle French affectionner).
- To show affection to; to have affection for.
- In the context of "obsolete|reflexive": To emotionally attach
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays,
Folio Society 2006, p. 21:
- Plutarch saith fitly of those who affectionate themselves to Monkies and little Dogges, that [...etc.]
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, p. 21:
Christian, Christlike, Christly, adoring, benign, benignant, brotherly, caring, compassionate, conjugal, dear, decent, demonstrative, devoted, doting, faithful, filial, fond, fraternal, good, gracious, human, humane, husbandly, kind, kindhearted, kindly, kindly-disposed, languishing, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, maternal, melting, nice, parental, paternal, romantic, sentimental, soft, softhearted, sympathetic, sympathizing, tender, tenderhearted, uxorious, warm, warmhearted, wifely