(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.