adjective touch·ing \ ˈtə-chiŋ \
Updated on: 17 Mar 2018

Definition of touching

: capable of arousing emotions of tenderness or compassion



Examples of touching in a Sentence

  1. touching lots in the housing development will eventually be separated by hedges for privacy

  2. a touching movie about two lost animals who try to find their way home

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First Known Use of touching

circa 1586

Synonym Discussion of touching

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




Definition of touching

: in reference to : concerning

Examples of touching in a Sentence

  1. there has been an objection touching the last of the proposed new bylaws

First Known Use of touching

14th century

touching Synonyms

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in regard to, in respect to, in view of, with regard to, with respect to;

TOUCHING Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of touching for English Language Learners

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

TOUCHING Defined for Kids


adjective touch·ing \ ˈtə-chiŋ \

Definition of touching for Students

: causing a feeling of tenderness or pity
  • a touching story

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