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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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

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 The Navy forwarded a touching letter with coordinates of the ship at the time of burial, details that my father would’ve appreciated. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The whole ride has been wild and touching, Gaudynski said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s how two 'ordinary' Milwaukee-area men created a unique, dual-wheeled bicycle. The next challenge? Trying to sell them.," 11 July 2018 The touching vows are followed by footage of the couple's first kiss and dance at their 1920s themed reception. Fox News, "Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook's wedding video teaser reveals their emotional vows," 10 July 2018 Yet their seeming lack of sophistication is probably what makes them so touching. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 Having clearly had his confidence knocked by his sub-par performances, Jose Mourinho has taken to sending the Spain shot stopper a message of support - showing a touching display of solidarity with his Manchester United number one. SI.com, "David De Gea Receives Message of Support From Mourinho as Hierro Confirms Choice for Spain No.1," 29 June 2018 Here are some of the touching responses Barbarin received: 1. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 People With Disabilities on the Sweet, Little Ways Their Partners Make Them Feel Loved," 26 June 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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