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Affair may refer to professional, personal, or public business matters or to a particular business or private activity, as in family affair or private affair.

Political affair may refer to the illicit activities of public officials, such as the Watergate affair or to a government department for example, United Nations Department of Political Affairs.

An affair may also refer to a form of nonmonogamy, to infidelity or to adultery. Where an affair lacks both overt and covert sexual behaviour and yet exhibits intense or enduring emotional intimacy it may be referred to as an emotional affair, platonic love, or a romantic friendship.

An affair also may be referred to as sex with the opposite sex dramatically. Affair may also describe part of an agreement of an open marriage such as swinging, which sanctions some forms of extramarital sex and not others. When one of the non-sanctioned affairs occurs it is described as infidelity and often experienced as a betrayal both of trust and integrity.

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Extramarital affair

Extramarital affairs are relationships outside of marriage where an illicit romantic or sexual relationship or a romantic friendship or passionate attachment occurs.

An extramarital affair that continues in one form or another for decades, even as one of the partners to that affair passes through marriage, divorce and remarriage, could be considered the primary relationship and the marriages secondary to it. This may be serial polygamy or other forms of nonmonogamy.

The ability to pursue serial and clandestine extramarital affairs whilst safeguarding the secrets and conflict of interest inherent in the practice, requires skill in deception and duplicitous negotiation. Even to hide one affair requires a degree of skill or malicious gaslighting. All these behaviours are more usually called lying.

Deception can be defined as the "covert manipulation of perception to alter thoughts, feeling, or beliefs". The presence of deception may indicate the degree to which the deceiver has breached fundamental conditions of fidelity, of reciprocal vulnerability and of transparency. Sometimes these are explicit or assumed pre-conditions of a committed intimate relationships.

Famous affairs

Further reading

  • Schmitt, D. P., et al. (2004). Patterns and universals of mate poaching across 53 nations: The effects of sex, culture, and personality on romantically attracting another person's partner. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 560-584.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

Old English afere, affere, Old French afaire, French affaire, from a faire to do; Latin ad- + facere to do. See fact, and confer ado.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
affair

Plural
affairs

affair (plural affairs)

  1. That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; — often in the plural.
    a difficult affair to manage
  2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely.
    an affair of honor, i. e., a duel
    an affair of love, i. e., an intrigue.
  3. (military) An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
  4. A material object (vaguely designated).
    He used a hook-shaped affair with a long handle to unlock the car.
  5. An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de coeur.)

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References

  • affair in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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Simple English

An affair is an amorous relationship especially a temporary one.

An affair can also mean some kind of public controversy or scandal. For example, a political affair may be describing some bad activities of public officials, such as the Watergate affair, or the Dreyfus affair.

Further reading

  • Schmitt, D. P., et al. (2004). Patterns and universals of mate poaching across 53 nations: The effects of sex, culture, and personality on romantically attracting another person's partner. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 560-584.

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