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affecting

adjective

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having the power to affect the feelings or sympathies
  • the affecting final scene in the play, when the children are reunited with their father

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affecting

verb (1)
present participle of affect

Synonyms & Antonyms of affecting (Entry 2 of 3)

2 to be the business or affair of
  • fortunately, hurricane season doesn't affect the West Coast

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affecting

verb (2)
present participle of affect

Synonyms & Antonyms of affecting (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to present a false appearance of
  • she affected complete unawareness that we were talking about her, though she must have overheard

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2 to go to or spend time in often
  • a power couple known to affect all the fancy parties in town

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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

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The first known use of affecting was in 1720

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“Affecting.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/affecting. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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