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    Touched By Controversy

    I have a question about the meaning of the verb "touch" here:

    "This year, the candlelight vigil in Hong Kong has been touched by controversy. "

    Definition 6b for "touch" in this dictionary reads:

    "to affect the feelings of (someone) : to cause (someone) to feel an emotion (such as sympathy or gratitude)"

    Does that mean that the example sentence means controversy made the vigil more emotional?
    Last edited by learningspirit; 05-Jun-2015 at 20:10.

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    Re: Touched By Controversy

    I don't know the context, but "controversy"' is not usually a good thing. More often, I would expect "marred".

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    Re: Touched By Controversy

    As your own definition showed, it usually means to cause someone to feel an emotion. A vigil is not a person. It's a lot of people together but that doesn't mean you can treat it as a person.

    I like Mike's suggestion of "marred".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Touched By Controversy

    not a teacher

    Your dictionary link doesn't work for me.

    I think definition #3 on this link, is appropriate for your example.

    #3: Have an effect on; make a difference to: "a tenth of state companies have been touched by privatization"

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