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

Definition of affecting

: evoking a strong emotional response

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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 Spontaneous shrines like those are often more affecting than any official marker could be. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How Will We Remember This?," 15 Mar. 2021 Remarkably, though, some of the most affecting moments of her flawed but distinctive film come when Walter, Esther and Sylvia simply talk about dancing with irrepressible fondness. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Farewell Amor’ Review: Dancers Without Borders," 23 Dec. 2020 Even slightly scruffy and without any Crazy Rich gloss, Golding is magnetic (and unreasonably handsome) as Kit, his understated emotional journey credible and affecting. Mary Sollosi,, "Monsoon is an aching reflection on love and home: Review," 13 Nov. 2020 Some of the most affecting moments draw on the dynamic between Brown, whose perspective on the world is ferociously fixed, and Henry, who is just trying to survive and, if possible, have a little fun. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Mischievous Irreverence of “The Good Lord Bird”," 26 Oct. 2020 Barnett becomes Jones’s champion and lawyer, and their quest for Jones’s freedom is the book’s longest story and its most affecting. Washington Post, "A young lawyer battling for women caught up in mass incarceration," 16 Oct. 2020 Such poetic images are, however, as rare as the moments of kindness—toward children, cows or other livestock—that are all the more affecting for being so scarce. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Discomfort of Evening’ Review: Child of Sin," 2 Oct. 2020 Ironically, the most affecting aspect of a memoir ostensibly about a life lived apart is its portrayal of Mr. Adams’s enduring bonds with two dear friends. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Silences So Deep’ Review: Northern Symphony," 2 Oct. 2020 Davidson excels at elevating small lines, almost throwaways, into something more affecting. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Pete Davidson shines in Judd Apatow's messy, rewarding movie 'The King of Staten Island'," 9 June 2020

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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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“Affecting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of affecting

: causing a feeling of sadness or sympathy

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