Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AF-FECT'IVE – AF-FIRM'A-BLE
That affects, or excites emotion; suited to affect. [Little used.]
In an affective or impressive manner.
One that affects; one that practices affectation.
Full of passion. [Not used.] – Leland.
AF-FEER', v.t.1 [Fr. affier, to set.]
To confirm. [Not used.]
AF-FEER', v.t.2 [Fr. afferer, affeurer, or afforer, to assess or value.]
In law, to assess or reduce an arbitrary penalty or amercement to a precise sum; to reduce a general amercement to a sum certain, according to the circumstances of the case. – Blackstone.
Moderated in sum; assessed; reduced to a certainty.
The act of affeering, or assessing an amercement, according to the circumstances of the case.
One who affeers; a person sworn to assess a penalty, or reduce an uncertain penalty to a certainty. – Cowel.
AF-FET-TU-O'SO, adv. [or con affetto. It., from L. affectus.]
In music, a direction to render notes soft and affecting.
AF-FI'ANCE, n. [Norm. affiaunce, confidence; Fr. fiancer, to betroth; Sp. fianza, security in bail, afianzar, to give security or bail, from fiar, to trust, to bail, to confide in; Port. id.; Fr. fier, to trust; It. fidare, affidare, to trust, fidanza, confidence, fidanzare, to betroth, from L. fido, fides.]
- The marriage contract or promise; faith pledged.
- Trust in general; confidence; reliance. The Christian looks to God with implicit affiance. – Hammond.
- To betroth; to pledge one's faith or fidelity in marriage, or to promise marriage. To me, sad maid, he was affianced. – Spenser.
- To give confidence. Affianced in my faith. – Pope.
Pledged in marriage; betrothed; bound in faith.
One who makes contract of marriage between parties.
Pledging in marriage; promising fidelity.
AF-FI-DA'VIT, n. [An old law verb in the perfect tense; he made oath; from ad and fides, faith.]
A declaration upon oath. In the United States, more generally, a declaration in writing, signed by the party, and sworn to, before an authorized magistrate.
AF-FI'ED, a. [or pp.]
Joined by contract; affianced. – Shak.
AF-FILE', v.t. [Fr. affiler.]
To polish. [Not used.] – Chaucer.
AF-FIL'I-ATE, v.t. [Fr. affilier, to adopt, to initiate into the mysteries of a religious order; L. ad and filius, a son.]
- To adopt; to receive into a family as a son.
- To receive into a society as a member, and initiate in its mysteries, plans, or intrigues – a sense in which the word was much used by the Jacobins in France, during the revolution.
Adoption; association in the same family or society.
A refining of metals.
AF-FIN'I-TY, n. [L. affinitas, from affinis, adjacent, related by marriage; ad and finis, end.]
- The relation contracted by marriage, between a husband and his wife's kindred, and between a wife and her husband's kindred; in contradistinction from consanguinity or relation by blood. Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh. – 1 Kings iii.
- Agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages.
- In chimistry, that attraction which takes place at an insensible distance, between the heterogeneous particles of bodies, and forms compounds.
To declare solemnly before a court or magistrate, for confirming a fact, or to have an affirmation administered to, by way of confirmation, or as a substitute for an oath; as, the witness affirmed to the fact, or he was affirmed to the fact.
AF-FIRM', v.t. [afferm'; L. affirmo; ad and firmo, to make firm. See Firm.]
- To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to declare the existence of something; to maintain as true, opposed to deny. Of one Jesus whom Paul affirmed to be alive. – Acts xxv.
- To make firm; to establish, confirm or ratify; as, the Supreme court affirmed the judgment.
That may be asserted or declared; followed by of; as, an attribute affirmable of every just man.