affecting

adjective af·fect·ing \ ə-ˈfek-tiŋ , a- \

Definition of affecting

:evoking a strong emotional response

affectingly

play \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of affecting in a Sentence

  1. He begins his book with an affecting description of his difficult childhood.

  2. the affecting final scene in the play, when the children are reunited with their father

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First Known Use of affecting

1720

Synonym Discussion of affecting

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

AFFECTING Defined for English Language Learners

affecting

adjective

Definition of affecting for English Language Learners

  • : causing a feeling of sadness or sympathy



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