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

Definition of touching

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: capable of arousing emotions of tenderness or compassion



Definition of touching (Entry 2 of 2)

: in reference to : concerning

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touchingly adverb

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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 company will retain its non plant-touching status with psychedelics too, looking into data and IP in the space. Natan Ponieman, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Price-Keating’s restrained but heartfelt performance as Ancoli-Israel is particularly touching. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 Their triumphant joint Diana Ross routine essentially served as his last hurrah, sacrificing himself to save another, followed by Blanca's emotional meeting with Pray Tell's mother (Anna Maria Horsford) in a touching collision of those two worlds. Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 June 2021 Of course, the touching ode to the women in Prince Harry's life is making people on Twitter emotional, especially after months of family turmoil. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 6 June 2021 There’s also a touching live rendition from 1976, with Brian sounding raw yet excited. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2021 Brilliant, touching drama about a child who shies away from his competitive killer instinct. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 June 2021 To learn about his commitment to his mother while trying to succeed on and off the field, please read this touching profile. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 All that mattered for Satveer was the outside world, the world that would read the article in the Singapore Tribune the next morning and say, How touching. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of touching


circa 1586, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Touching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of touching

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


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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