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Wordnet 3.0


1. arousing affect;
- Example: "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"
- Example: "poignant grief cannot endure forever"
- Example: "his gratitude was simple and touching"
[syn: affecting, poignant, touching]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Affect \Af*fect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Affected; p. pr. & vb. n. Affecting.] [L. affectus, p. p. of afficere to affect by active agency; ad + facere to make: cf. F. affectere, L. affectare, freq. of afficere. See Fact.] 1. To act upon; to produce an effect or change upon. [1913 Webster] As might affect the earth with cold heat. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The climate affected their health and spirits. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To influence or move, as the feelings or passions; to touch. [1913 Webster] A consideration of the rationale of our passions seems to me very necessary for all who would affect them upon solid and pure principles. [1913 Webster] 3. To love; to regard with affection. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] As for Queen Katharine, he rather respected than affected, rather honored than loved, her. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 4. To show a fondness for; to like to use or practice; to choose; hence, to frequent habitually. [1913 Webster] For he does neither affect company, nor is he fit for it, indeed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Do not affect the society of your inferiors in rank, nor court that of the great. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster] 5. To dispose or incline. [1913 Webster] Men whom they thought best affected to religion and their country's liberty. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 6. To aim at; to aspire; to covet. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This proud man affects imperial ?way. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 7. To tend to by affinity or disposition. [1913 Webster] The drops of every fluid affect a round figure. --Newton. [1913 Webster] 8. To make a show of; to put on a pretense of; to feign; to assume; as, to affect ignorance. [1913 Webster] Careless she is with artful care, Affecting to seem unaffected. --Congreve. [1913 Webster] Thou dost affect my manners. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 9. To assign; to appoint. [R.] [1913 Webster] One of the domestics was affected to his special service. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] Syn: To influence; operate; act on; concern; move; melt; soften; subdue; overcome; pretend; assume. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Affecting \Af*fect"ing\, a. 1. Moving the emotions; fitted to excite the emotions; pathetic; touching; as, an affecting address; an affecting sight. [1913 Webster] The most affecting music is generally the most simple. [1913 Webster] 2. Affected; given to false show. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A drawling; affecting rouge. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

affecting adj 1: arousing affect; "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching" [syn: affecting, poignant, touching]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

46 Moby Thesaurus words for "affecting": afflictive, bitter, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, deplorable, depressing, depressive, discomforting, dismal, dismaying, distressful, distressing, disturbing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, dreary, emotive, grievous, heartrending, impressive, joyless, lamentable, mournful, moving, painful, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poignant, regrettable, rueful, sad, saddening, sharp, sore, sorrowful, touching, troubling, uncomfortable, woebegone, woeful, wretched