adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. marked by or capable of movement b. of or relating to a change of residence <
moving expenses
c. used for transferring furnishings from one residence to another <
a moving van
d. involving a motor vehicle that is in motion <
a moving violation
2. a. producing or transferring motion or action b. stirring deeply in a way that evokes a strong emotional response <
a moving story of a faithful dog
movingly adverb Synonyms: moving, impressive, poignant, affecting, touching, pathetic mean having the power to produce deep emotion. moving may apply to any strong emotional effect including thrilling, agitating, saddening, or calling forth pity or sympathy <
a moving appeal for contributions
. impressive implies compelling attention, admiration, wonder, or conviction <
an impressive list of achievements
. poignant applies to what keenly or sharply affects one's sensitivities <
a poignant documentary on the homeless
. affecting is close to moving but most often suggests pathos <
an affecting deathbed reunion
. touching implies arousing tenderness or compassion <
the touching innocence in a child's eyes
. pathetic implies moving to pity or sometimes contempt <
pathetic attempts to justify misconduct

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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