af·​fect·​ing | \ ə-ˈfek-tiŋ How to pronounce affecting (audio) , a- \

Definition of affecting

: evoking a strong emotional response

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Other Words from affecting

affectingly \ ə-​ˈfek-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce affecting (audio) , a-​ \ adverb

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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

Examples of affecting in a Sentence

He begins his book with an affecting description of his difficult childhood. the affecting final scene in the play, when the children are reunited with their father
Recent Examples on the Web That makes the dark conclusion all the more affecting. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 The trans narrative in If Found feels real and affecting. Geoffrey Bunting, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 Months earlier, Kilde, who is a multiple gold medal contender at this month’s Beijing Olympics, had reached out remotely in a more affecting way. New York Times, 5 Feb. 2022 Geneus adroitly balances the fiery talk on Freda’s campus with an intimate and affecting study of her family life. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 19 Dec. 2021 While Dimitri writes quite affectingly about his maternal grandparents King Umberto II and Queen Marie-José of Italy and their vanished world, the depth of love that Dimitri expresses for his parents makes this book even more affecting. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Her death ranks alongside Peggy Carter’s as the most affecting non-hero passings in the megafranchise so far. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Abdul-Mateen has an especially rigorous role, but his gradual descent into the pull of the legend is believable and affecting. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021 Abdul-Mateen has an especially rigorous role, but his gradual descent into the pull of the legend is believable and affecting. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of affecting

1720, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affecting

from present participle of affect entry 2

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The first known use of affecting was in 1720

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12 Apr 2022

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“Affecting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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