touching

adjective
touch·​ing | \ˈtə-chiŋ \

Definition of touching 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of arousing emotions of tenderness or compassion

touching

preposition

Definition of touching (Entry 2 of 2)

: in reference to : concerning

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Other Words from touching

Adjective

touchingly adverb

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Adjective

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 touching in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Preposition

there has been an objection touching the last of the proposed new bylaws
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some of it’s kind of touching, some of it’s ridiculous — particularly Jerry’s efforts to avoid being tagged — and there’s really no particular transition between the two. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm play the game in 'Tag'," 14 June 2018 The Capitals are celebrating their first Stanley Cup win, and when the parade ended with the team on stage, select players, including Ovechkin, gave touching, inspiring and NSFW speeches. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Alex Ovechkin closed Caps' parade speech: 'We're not gonna be (expletive) suck this year!'," 12 June 2018 The moment is poignant and immensely touching, to say the least. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, ""The Bold Type" Season 1 Recap: Everything to Know Before Season 2," 12 June 2018 The touching track celebrates Grande's return to music following the Manchester bombing attack outside her concert on May 22, 2017. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Ariana Grande's 'No Tears Left to Cry'," 5 June 2018 News about the May 19 incident went viral worldwide after The Star posted video of the 5-year-old boy touching and accidentally toppling the glass sculpture on display at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in south Overland Park. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "OP sculpture that boy 'hugged' wasn't appraised. His family's insurance paid $107,000," 9 July 2018 An apprentice at a Texas salon filmed a touching scene of a husband taking a crash-course in hair styling because his wife no longer had the fine motor skills after suffering a stroke, the Houston Chronicle reported. Fox News, "Viral video shows Texas man learning how to style wife's hair," 23 May 2018 Lea Michele took to social media on Friday (July 13) to share a touching quote with fans on the fifth anniversary of Cory Monteith's death. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Lea Michele Shares Poignant Quote on Anniversary of Cory Monteith's Death," 13 July 2018 But on Tuesday at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, the emotion was taken to another level after a touching gesture by her fans brought the singer to tears. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Kesha breaks down during 'Praying' after Cincinnati fans hold up 'Thank You' hearts," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of touching

Adjective

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of touching was in the 14th century

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touching

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of touching

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

touching

adjective
touch·​ing | \ˈtə-chiŋ \

Kids Definition of touching

: causing a feeling of tenderness or pity a touching story

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