Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inspiring or capable of inspiring strong emotion; moving. synonym: moving.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Producing strong feelings and emotions.
  • verb Present participle of affect.

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

  • adjective arousing affect

Etymologies

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

[From affect.]

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

  • 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 » Ruffini: Kristol, Brooks, and Will Not Conservative Enough

  • 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 » The Incredible Fatuousness of Michael Steele

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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