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

As fans take to social media to commemorate the Star Wars actor, her daughter, Billie Lourd shared her own touching tribute. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Billie Lourd Posted an Instagram Tribute on the Anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s Death," 27 Dec. 2018 Since Louisville's season ended in the NCAA regional round, McDonnell has been holding individual end-of-season player meetings and touching base with recruits. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell to stay after talks with Mississippi State," 6 June 2018 But one of the most touching standouts of the evening came from our queen, Kelly Clarkson, who was moved to tears during her team member Chevel's song. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Tears Up After 'The Voice' Star Chevel Shepherd's Finale Performance," 18 Dec. 2018 What's notable here is the start of Nate and Jenny's endless courtship (who doesn't root for two good-hearted simpletons?) and the touching, poignant conversation between Allison and Rufus. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 But the touching story behind the gorgeous heirloom has a value that can never be measured. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Philip's Family Made a Huge Sacrifice for Queen Elizabeth's Engagement Ring," 25 Aug. 2018 Watch her touching, candid interview below: Follow Marie Claire on Instagram for the latest celeb news, pretty pics, funny stuff, and an insider POV. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Abusive Dad," 20 Oct. 2015 The second post is a touching cartoon drawn by Marshall Ramsey that depicts Bush Sr. reuniting with his wife and their daughter, Robin, who passed away of leukemia at age 3. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Jenna Bush Hager Remembers Her Grandfather, Former President George H. W. Bush, in a Touching Tribute," 1 Dec. 2018 In the wake of the 41st President's death on November 30, the George Bush Presidential Library released an audio recording of Barbara reading one particularly touching letter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Read George H.W. Bush's Heartbreaking Letter to the Daughter He Lost," 6 Dec. 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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