Definition of touching in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHiNG/


Arousing strong feelings of sympathy, appreciation, or gratitude: your loyalty is very touching a touching reconciliation scene
Early 16th century: from touch + -ing2
More example sentences
  • The opening of the second season moves at full speed, delivering a series of heavy emotional blows both touching and tragic.
  • The stadium presented a touching scene as lights were switched off and everyone stood up with burning candles in their hands.
  • It's silly, but she is so adorable, and her seduction is inspired with such grace, that it makes a touching and subtle scene.
moving, affecting, heartwarming, emotional, emotive, tender, sentimental;
poignant, sad, tearjerker, tearjerking


Concerning; about: evidence touching the facts of Roger’s case
Late Middle English: from French touchant, present participle of toucher 'to touch'



Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • The drawing was brilliant, touchingly beatific; leave it to a great artist to insist on reappropriating religious iconography from the boors who claim to speak in its name.
  • And before I run off… I'm not a lyrics guy, and had better not be confused with one, but I thought this was touchingly appropriate.
  • Sometimes I lose sight of them entirely and my insatiable appetite for exploration leads me way off the route and they, touchingly nervous without my leadership, come in search of me.


Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHiNGnəs/
Example sentences
  • Besides mastery of composition, pathos, touchingness and power of affecting are also found in them.
  • The familiarity and touchingness of the messages communicated in this particular instance were very remarkable, and can by no means be reproduced in any printed report of the sitting.
  • Dedication will be made to those who are dear and departed with a touchingness.

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Syllabification: touch·ing

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