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An affair is a euphemism for a situation where two people are involved in an illicit sexual, romantic and/or passionate attachment, usually for a limited duration. The term usually implies sexual impropriety, but it is not necessarily the case.

The euphemism is also applied to marital infidelity where one partner has an outside sexual relationship: a liaison[?]. It is sometimes accompanied by scandal.

Affairs in the political sense may be any kind of involvement in illicit business by any kind by public representatives, such as in the Watergate affair.

Famous Affairs

See also: Sex scandal

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