from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an affecting manner; in a manner to excite emotion.

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

  • adverb In an affecting manner; is a manner to excite emotions.

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  • adverb In a manner so as to affect.

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

  • adverb in a poignant or touching manner


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affecting +‎ -ly


  • Equally affectingly, as a composer he's scarcely been busier: he's written a new anthem for Liverpool Cathedral (words by Rowan Williams); he and the poet Craig Raine are working on an operatic version of Ian McEwan's Atonement; and his two-act opera with McEwan, For You (2008), a thriller driven by sexual and artistic obsession, will have its European premiere in Rome next month.

    Michael Berkeley: For You; Music Theatre Wales/Rafferty

  • This warmly nostalgic Timeshift documentary does just this, however, skilfully and affectingly evoking coach trips on the motorways of the 1950s, as railways declined and before air travel became widely accessible.

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  • The wistful quality that many of these stories seem to be after comes through most affectingly in these two stories because they're understated, don't try as hard as does even the staged epiphany in "Pigeon Feathers."

    Updike, John

  • He has written poetry and novels, he paints, and, for five decades now, has made some of the most affectingly miserable melancholic is a kinder word songs in the canon.

    Adam Cohen: 'I've found my own voice'

  • The sweet giddiness of the 19th-century family party and the gripping emotions of the battle of mice and toy soldiers, with little Marie (Fiona Brenna) and the little Nutcracker prince (Colby Clark) at their center, were convincingly rendered and affectingly projected.

    Matchsticks No More

  • He comes on as a religious fanatic, but what we learn about him illuminates, ever so affectingly, the fundamental separation in today's Iran between the secular bourgeois class and the religious working class.

    'A Separation' Comes Together Exceptionally

  • Another story about a boy, it hews as close to the bone of truth as any novel I've ever read, both visceral and affectingly raw.

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  • Poetry is the medium that seems to interpret death for the living most affectingly.

    Meditations on Mortality

  • Her fluidly staged treatment is both a saucy riff on and an endearing homage to Noel Coward's tale, first dramatized as the play "Still Life," about the affair between a pair of suburbanites, an earnest doctor and a hesitant homemaker, affectingly portrayed here by Tristan Sturrock and Hannah Yelland.

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  • Theirs is a story of love denied, of broken hearts nobly concealed, all of it carried off affectingly.

    The Great War Comes Home


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