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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-fek-ting]
    • /əˈfɛk tɪŋ/
    • /əˈfek.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-fek-ting]
    • /əˈfɛk tɪŋ/

Definitions of affecting word

  • adjective affecting If you describe something such as a story or a piece of music as affecting, you think it is good because it makes you feel a strong emotion, especially sadness or pity. 3
  • adjective affecting evoking feelings of pity, sympathy, or pathos; moving 3
  • adjective affecting emotionally touching; evoking pity, sympathy, etc. 3
  • adjective affecting moving or exciting the feelings or emotions. 1
  • verb with object affecting to give the appearance of; pretend or feign: to affect knowledge of the situation. 1
  • verb with object affecting to assume artificially, pretentiously, or for effect: to affect a Southern accent. 1

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Origin of affecting

First appearance:

before 1555
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1555-65; affect1 + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Affecting


affecting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

affecting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for affecting

adj affecting

  • poignant — keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.
  • touching — affecting; moving; pathetic: a touching scene of farewell.
  • stirring — rousing, exciting, or thrilling: a stirring speech.
  • moving — capable of or having movement: a moving object.

adjective affecting

  • upsetting — overturned: an upset milk pail.
  • distressing — great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble.
  • disturbing — upsetting or disquieting; dismaying: a disturbing increase in the crime rate.
  • heartrending — causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.
  • heartwarming — gratifying; rewarding; satisfying: a heartwarming response to his work.

Antonyms for affecting

adj affecting

  • unaffecting — moving or exciting the feelings or emotions.

verb with object affecting

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