Affectation vs Foible - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between affectation and foible

is that affectation is an attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show while foible is a quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly.

As an adjective foible is

(obsolete) weak; feeble.

affectation

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An attempt to assume or exhibit what is not natural or real; false display; artificial show.
  • :* {{quote-book, year=1810
  • , year_published=2009 , edition=Digitized , editor= , author=Dr. Samuel Johnson , title=The Works of the English Poets , chapter=Life of Gower citation , genre= , publisher= , isbn= , page= , passage=This poem is strongly tinctured with those pedantic affectations concerning the passion of love ... }}
  • An unusual mannerism.
  • Synonyms

    * (unusual mannerism) eccentricity, mannerism

    foible

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Weak; feeble.
  • (Lord Herbert)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly.
  • Try to look past his foibles and see the friendly fellow underneath.
  • * 1915 ,
  • They made up for the respect with which unconsciously they treated him by laughing at his foibles and lamenting his vices.
  • * 1959 , Meriden Record, " An ounce of prevention", July 24 issue
  • Final fillip in the Vice-President's study has been a boning up]] on Premier Khrushchev's favorite foible , proverbs. The bibulous Russian leader likes to throw out homely [[homily, homilies in his speeches and conversations..
  • (fencing) Part of a sword between the middle and the point, weaker than the forte.
  • A weakness or failing of character.
  • * 1932 , , by William Floyd
  • Jesus is reverenced as the one man who has lived unspotted by the world, free from human foibles , able to redeem mankind by his example.

    Synonyms

    * (a weakness or failing of character) fault