Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: afar – affix
afar, adv. [OE feor.] (webplay: far, remote).
Separated in space; removed from one another; at a distance in place.
affable, adj. [Fr. < L. affābilis, easy to be spoken to.]
Friendly; pleasant; sociable; accessible; benign; easy mannered; free in conversation.
affair (-s), n. [OFr afaire, do.] (webplay: business, do, executing, human, make, know, partial, private).
- Event; happening; occurrence.
- Matter; business; doing; transaction; problem; private interest; object of attention; subject of concern.
- Activity; party; exhibition; soiree; social gathering; [word play on “affair “ and “fair”] shining beauty; delight.
affect (affecting, -s), v. [Fr. < L. affectā-re, aim at, aspire to, pretend to have < ad- + facere, do.] (webplay: existing, feelings, loss, natural, presence, quality, show).
- Influence; alter; act upon; produce a change on.
- Pretend; feign.
affectingly, adv. [see affect, v.]
Movingly; inspirationally; with power to impress; in a manner that stimulates the senses; [word play] deceptively; by pretense; just temporarily.
affection, n. [Fr. < L. affectiōn-em disposition, inclination, fondness.] (webplay: between, child, existing, love, make, natural).
Love; warmth; fondness; good will; zealous attachment; deep emotion; sensitive feelings; kind thoughts.
affiance, v. [OFr < afier, trust.] (webplay: give).
Betroth; pledge; engage; wed; [fig.] attach; unite; combine; connect; embody; incorporate.
affidavit, n. [L. affīdāvit, has stated on faith or oath.]
Promise; guarantee; pledge; deposition; testimony; legal oath; formal written declaration.
affirm (affirmed, affirming), v. [OFr < L. ad- + firmā-re, make firm, strong.] (webplay: alive, side, witness).
Prove; confirm; assert; maintain; declare; establish.
affix (-ed), v. [Med. L. affixā-re, to fasten to.]
Attach; unite; connect.