Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Working with God he is always master of the situation as it affects him.

I know, however, that he affects some delicacy in this matter.

The first affects the demands of the workers, the second the terms granted by the employers.

"You mustn't forget that it affects my own position," he warned her.

It affects the nerves, causing irritability and debility in them.

You know that I take the deepest interest in everything that affects you.

It affects every thought of man and goes to fashion every institution.

This is the Passion, which is so difficult to conquer, whilst it affects us.

It helpeth the brain, strengtheneth the memory, and affects kindly the heart.

“I think it affects me a very great deal,” she declared slowly.


late 14c., "mental state," from Latin noun use of affectus "furnished, supplied, endowed," figuratively "disposed, constituted, inclined," past participle of afficere "to do; treat, use, manage, handle; act on; have influence on, do something to," a verb of broad meaning, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + facere (past participle factus) "do" (see factitious). Perhaps obsolete except in psychology. Related: Affects.