affectation

The guy at your local coffee shop who's never left the state but speaks as though he's lived in London all his life? His British accent is an affectation.

Never confuse affectation with affection — which means “love” or “tenderness.” While affection might not always be genuine, affectation is never the real thing. In fact, affectation is all about faking it. Do you believe the politician cares about poor people, or do you think his concern is an affectation?

Definitions of affectation
1

n a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

Synonyms:
affectedness, mannerism, pose
Types:
attitude
a theatrical pose created for effect
radical chic
an affectation of radical left-wing views and the fashionable dress and lifestyle that goes with them
Type of:
feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation
the act of giving a false appearance

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