Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inspiring or capable of inspiring strong emotion; moving. See Synonyms at moving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Producing strong feelings and emotions.
  • v. Present participle of affect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving the emotions; fitted to excite the emotions; pathetic; touching
  • adj. Affected; given to false show.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Loving; affectionate.
  • Using affectation; affected.
  • Having power to excite or move the feelings; tending to move the affections; pathetic: as, an affecting spectacle; an affecting speech.
  • Synonyms Moving, touching, impressive, stirring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arousing affect

Etymologies

From affect1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The only people I see this affecting is the illegals.

    Blitzer: Court ruling could have huge impact at the polls

  • Along the way, she touches on class distinctions, lesbianism, remaining true to yourself, costuming, politics, and the value of accidents in affecting the course of our lives.

    Scarlett Takes Manhattan » Comics Worth Reading

  • Based on the current storm movement (southwest to northeast) and models forecasts, storms will probably begin affecting the far southwest and western suburbs as early as between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., the immediate metro region between 1 and 5 a.m. (toward the end of the watch period) and far eastern suburbs (not included in the watch) between 3 and 7 a.m.

    Tornado watch until 3 a.m. for metro region

  • Yet equally affecting is a song like "The Great White Ocean," in which Mr. Hegarty sings accompanied by an acoustic guitar, or "Fl é tta," in which he and Bj ö rk riff over a piano.

    Hegarty Leaves the Lights On

  • What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today. one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.

    Matthew Yglesias » DeMint’s Remnant

  • What other articles have you seen on the role played by regulation in affecting industry structure?

    Regulation and Industry Structure, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Our results highlight the role of institution design in affecting choices of women and men, and the resulting gender differences in representation in challenging tasks.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • All you're affecting is which video clip plays at the end of the game.

    I play videogames so you don't have to

  • She finds that it is by leaving more than most other writers to the imagination, that you succeed so eminently in affecting it.

    Ildiko Csengei

  • What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.

    The Failed Project of Conservatism « Isegoria

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