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

The name of the flower—forget-me-not—holds a touching symbolism: that although a loved one is gone, they will never be forgotten. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Meghan Markle Paid a Sweet Tribute to Princess Diana on Instagram," 13 May 2019 In a touching birthday post to Asher in 2017, Peyton said her and Asher would be friends for life. 4. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Shazam!" Star Asher Angel," 15 Apr. 2019 The band also shared a touching Facebook post highlighting their first meeting. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Avenged Sevenfold Pay Tribute to Vinnie Paul at Hellfest 2018: Watch," 25 June 2018 The mother-daughter relationship between If Beale Street Could Talk's KiKi Layne and Regina King is remarkably touching, but the film's star made sure to bring her own mom along on her first Oscars red carpet. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "So Many Celebrities Brought Their Moms as Their Date to the Oscars," 26 Feb. 2019 The front of the card features a gorgeous and black and white photo of Harry and Meghan on their wedding day at Windsor Castle and, on the back, there's a touching message for their supporters. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Thank You Cards Are So Sweet," 7 July 2018 After it was announced that James is going to the Lakers, Osman posted a touching message for his former teammate. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Cavs' Cedi Osman wrote the most touching thank you message to LeBron James," 3 July 2018 Joanna revealed the touching story of her engagement to husband Chip in their book The Magnolia Story, which was excerpted on Cosmopolitan.com. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This is Why Joanna Gaines Will Never Upgrade Her Engagement Ring," 18 June 2018 The touching message from the surviving members -- former drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic -- accompanied with an iconic photo from photographer Michael Levine. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Nirvana Pays Loving Tribute to Kurt Cobain on 24th Anniversary of His Death," 5 Apr. 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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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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