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affecting

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of affecting

  1. having the power to affect the feelings or sympathies the affecting final scene in the play, when the children are reunited with their father Synonyms of affecting moving, emotional, impactful, impressive, poignant, stirring, touchingWords Related to affecting eloquent, expressive, meaningful, significant; demonstrative, excitable, feeling, passionate, responsive, sensitive; exciting, inspirational, provoking, rousing, stimulating; dramatic, histrionic, melodramatic, theatrical (also theatric); catharticNear Antonyms of affecting cold, cool, detached, dispassionate, emotionless; deadpanAntonyms of affecting unaffecting, unemotional, unimpressive

Synonym Discussion of affecting

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


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