touching

adjective
touch·​ing | \ ˈtə-chiŋ How to pronounce touching (audio) \

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

Three weeks ago, Cena shared a touching moment with 13-year-old Diego Hernandez on a surprise visit for his birthday. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: WWE Still a Big Part of John Cena’s Future Plans," 12 June 2019 When his parents came in to meet the celebrities and congratulate their son, Luke shared a touching moment with Nick's father. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Watch the Emotional 'American Idol' Audition That Brought Luke Bryan to Tears," 4 Mar. 2019 In a tribute, both touching and funny, Moore spoke of meeting Phillips for the first time as a nervous teen, when Phillips judged her in an oratory contest. Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vel Phillips remembered as pioneering civil rights leader at memorial service," 5 May 2018 But Stephenson foresees no arid desert of sterile intellect, only an extension of the human heart, in a touching final image. Paul Di Filippo, Dallas News, "In Neal Stephenson's 'Fall,' there is life after death," 18 June 2019 Hopkins, who was arrested Monday and is awaiting arraignment, was charged after a grand jury returned an indictment on 36 touching incidents involving 28 first-grade girls, Fornshell said. NBC News, "Ohio gym teacher accused of preying on first grade girls was caught on surveillance camera," 17 June 2019 But Stephenson foresees no arid desert of sterile intellect, only an extension of the human heart, in a touching final image. Paul Di Filippo, Washington Post, "In Neal Stephenson’s ‘Fall,’ there is life after death," 16 June 2019 Sharinghousen's performance is surprisingly nuanced and touching, considering the subject matter and its potential for cheesiness. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 Every Instagram account tied to the royal family dug into the archives, surfacing some of Philip's most touching moments over the years. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Princess Eugenie and More Royals Wish Prince Philip a Happy Birthday," 10 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for touching

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 How to pronounce touching (audio) \

Kids Definition of touching

: causing a feeling of tenderness or pity a touching story

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