moving or exciting the feelings or emotions.

1555–65; affect1 + -ing2

affectingly, adverb
nonaffecting, adjective
nonaffectingly, adverb
unaffecting, adjective

touching, pathetic, piteous, stirring. Unabridged
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affecting (əˈfɛktɪŋ)
evoking feelings of pity, sympathy, or pathos; moving

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Word Origin & History

14c., "mental state," from L. affectus, pp. of afficere "act on, have influence on, to do something to," a verb of broad meaning, from ad- "to" + facere (pp. factus) "do" (see factitious). The verb meaning "to make an impression on" is attested from 1630s.

"to make a pretense of," 1660s, earlier "to assume the character of (someone)" (1590s); originally in Eng. "to aim at, aspire to, make for" (late 15c.), from M.Fr. affecter (15c.), from L. affectare "to strive after, aim at," freq. of afficere (pp. affectus) "to do something to, act on" (see
affect (n.)).
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affect af·fect (ə-fěkt')
v. af·fect·ed, af·fect·ing, af·fects

  1. To have an influence on or affect a change in.

  2. To attack or infect, as a disease.

n. (āf'ěkt')
  1. A feeling or emotion as distinguished from thought, or action.

  2. A strong feeling with active consequences.

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