goodwill, (high) regard, liking, fondness, attachment, loving attachment, tenderness, warmth, love:
The affection she felt towards her stepchildren was returned many times over.
deep, genuine, great, real, special, strong, warm | mutual
VERB + AFFECTION
feel, have, hold sb in, retain
He was held in great affection by hundreds of students.
| display, express, give sb, show (sb) | get, receive | crave, need, want
He just wants a bit of affection.
| gain, win
She had tried hard to win his affection.
He'll be remembered with genuine affection.
| ~ for
I have a deep affection for his mother.
| ~ to/towards
The teacher showed affection towards all her pupils.
a display of affection
I don't go in for public displays of affection.
| a feeling of affection
a strong feeling of affection
| love and affection
I yearn for the love and affection I once had.
| the object of sb's affections
The object of his affections was a young opera singer.
| a sign of affection, a show of affection
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