(Af`fa*bil"i*ty) n. [L. affabilitas: cf. F. affabilité.] The quality of being affable; readiness to converse; courteousness in receiving others and in conversation; complaisant behavior.

Affability is of a wonderful efficacy or power in procuring love.

(Af"fa*ble) a. [F. affable, L. affabilis, fr. affari to speak to; ad + fari to speak. See Fable.]

1. Easy to be spoken to or addressed; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner; courteous; sociable.

An affable and courteous gentleman.

His manners polite and affable.

2. Gracious; mild; benign.

A serene and affable countenance.

Syn. — Courteous; civil; complaisant; accessible; mild; benign; condescending.

(Af"fa*ble*ness), n. Affability.

(Af"fa*bly), adv. In an affable manner; courteously.

(Af"fa*brous) a. [L. affaber workmanlike; ad + faber.] Executed in a workmanlike manner; ingeniously made. [R.] Bailey.

(Af*fair") n. [OE. afere, affere, OF. afaire, F. affaire, fr. a faire to do; L.. ad + facere to do. See Fact, and cf. Ado.]

1. That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; as, a difficult affair to manage; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; — often in the plural. "At the head of affairs." Junius. "A talent for affairs." Prescott.

2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely; as, an affair of honor, i. e., a duel; an affair of love, i. e., an intrigue.

3. (Mil.) An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.

4. Action; endeavor. [Obs.]

And with his best affair
Obeyed the pleasure of the Sun.

5. A material object (vaguely designated).

A certain affair of fine red cloth much worn and faded.

(Af*fam"ish) v. t. & i. [F. affamer, fr. L. ad + fames hunger. See Famish.] To afflict with, or perish from, hunger. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Af*fam"ish*ment) n. Starvation. Bp. Hall.

(Af*fat"u*ate) v. t. [L. ad + fatuus foolish.] To infatuate. [Obs.] Milton.

(Af*fear") v. t. [OE. aferen, AS. afran. See Afeard.] To frighten. [Obs.] Spenser.

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