affectatious

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

affectation +‎ -ous or +‎ -ious.

Adjective[edit]

affectatious ‎(comparative more affectatious, superlative most affectatious)

  1. Pretentious, artificial, fake, sham, feigned; doing something just for show.
    • 2004, “Chapter Two”, in The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and Europe in the Post-Communist World[1] (Political Science), Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 9780742517806, page 54:
      At the same time, American intellectual and artistic elites, … help create a sophisticated, if sometimes affectatious urban mentality.