Definition of affecting in English:



  • Touching the emotions; moving.

    ‘a highly affecting account of her experiences in prison’
    • ‘His art at its most affecting projects a harrowing instability.’
    • ‘But in general, this is a strong, thought-provoking piece of writing and an impressive, affecting performance.’
    • ‘This is a lovingly told story of redemption and familial love, but recounted at such close range that every success or failure in this family becomes acutely affecting.’
    • ‘There is an affecting description here of a meeting with Jawaharlal Nehru.’
    • ‘Still, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fresher, more affecting show in the city this summer.’
    • ‘The two deliver strong, affecting performances.’
    • ‘Venus Williams's straight-set victory over sister Serena in the Wimbledon women's semi-finals was the most affecting sports contest in recent memory.’
    • ‘Like her male counterpart, she always seems to have an affecting awareness of her sidekick status.’
    • ‘There are some affecting moments at the start of the story.’
    • ‘A recent episode elevated this superior soap opera into deeply affecting drama.’
    • ‘The whole volume constitutes an effort to resolve a problem that must confront anyone who finds the world a deeply affecting yet intangible chimera.’
    • ‘Both novels are perfectly enjoyable, if somewhat flawed in places, and both novelists show sufficient talent and invention to produce further, hopefully more polished and affecting works.’
    • ‘The most affecting scenes in the novel are those depicting the decimation wrought by this plague-like contagion.’
    • ‘The few truly affecting moments are overwhelmed by the embarrassing cheese.’
    • ‘But the most affecting interviews are with Youssef, a nine-year-old Egyptian American born and raised in New York City.’
    • ‘Never was a more beautiful effusion of grief interrupted by a more affecting incident’
    • ‘Here are two real and affecting characters for whose reunion, at the ballet's climax, the choreographer made one of his most poetic pas de deux.’
    • ‘With his quiet but affecting meditations on what constitutes the self, Sakuma makes us aware of our relation to others and of our existence and its inevitable end.’
    • ‘With Nobody's Fool he weaves a magic spell with the help of a funny, affecting screenplay and a top notch supporting cast.’
    • ‘In this handsome new collection, the band shows it is justly proud of one of the least affected, most affecting voices around.’