Definition of touching in English:

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touching

Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHiNG/

adjective

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.
Synonyms
moving, affecting, heartwarming, emotional, emotive, tender, sentimental;
poignant, sad, tearjerker, tearjerking

preposition

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

Derivatives

touchingly

Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHiNGlē/
adverb
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.

touchingness

Pronunciation: /ˈtəCHiNGnəs/
noun
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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