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preposition touch·ing \ˈtə-chiŋ\

Definition of TOUCHING

:  in reference to :  concerning

Examples of TOUCHING

  1. <there has been an objection touching the last of the proposed new bylaws>

First Known Use of TOUCHING

14th century



: having a strong emotional effect : causing feelings of sadness or sympathy

Full Definition of TOUCHING

:  capable of arousing emotions of tenderness or compassion
touch·ing·ly adverb

Examples of TOUCHING

  1. <touching lots in the housing development will eventually be separated by hedges for privacy>
  2. <a touching movie about two lost animals who try to find their way home>

First Known Use of TOUCHING


Synonym Discussion of TOUCHING

moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy <a moving appeal for contributions>. impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction <an impressive list of achievements>. poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities <a poignant documentary on the homeless>. affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos <an affecting deathbed reunion>. touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion <the touching innocence in a child's eyes>. pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt <pathetic attempts to justify misconduct>.
TOUCHINGLY Defined for Kids


adjective touch·ing \ˈtə-chiŋ\

Definition of TOUCHING for Kids

:  causing a feeling of tenderness or pity <a touching story>


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