Fay assumed an air of innocence. (Source)

He assumed an air of concern. (Source)

What does "air of something" mean in these contexts? I suppose it is generally used with the verb "assume"


Wiktionary states:

  1. A feeling or sense.

It is the same meaning as in:

Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them.

  • Thank you I wonder if these sentence still makes sense without "air". For example: "Apparently, this user prefers to keep mystery about them." / "She assumed concern." – Talha Özden Jan 1 '20 at 18:55
  • I thought it was 'presumption of innocence'. – Michael Harvey Jan 1 '20 at 19:37
  • @MichaelHarvey: You are right, I was wrong. – Cacambo Jan 1 '20 at 19:43

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