moved to tears

move (one) to tears

To elicit such a strong or overwhelming emotional reaction in one that it causes one to cry. Often used in passive constructions. The lovely cards from my students on my last day of teaching moved me to tears. The song was so beautiful that it moved the entire audience to tears. I was moved to tears by the tributes to my late father.
See also: move, tear

moved to tears

Made to cry due to something that elicited overwhelming emotions. I was moved to tears by the tributes to my late father. The lovely cards from my students had me moved to tears.
See also: move, tear
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How, for that reason, he seldom told them of his village friends; but how, for all that, his mind had become so full of two among them--a child and an old man, to whom he had been very kind--that, in a letter received a few days before, he had dwelt upon them from first to last, and had told such a tale of their wandering, and mutual love, that few could read it without being moved to tears. How he, the recipient of that letter, was directly led to the belief that these must be the very wanderers for whom so much search had been made, and whom Heaven had directed to his brother's care.
Now the heart of Unandi grew gentle, and she was moved to tears.
I felt in some sort like a 'prentice boy who, going to the play in the expectation of being delighted with a cut-and-thrust tragedy, is almost moved to tears of disappointment at the exhibition of a genteel comedy.
I had left her alive when I set out for Troy and was moved to tears when I saw her, but even so, for all my sorrow I would not let her come near the blood till I had asked my questions of Teiresias.
Really, when I begin to reflect on the importance of my position, I am almost moved to tears."
Now that Peter Featherstone was up-stairs, his property could be discussed with all that local enlightenment to be found on the spot: some rural and Middlemarch neighbors expressed much agreement with the family and sympathy with their interest against the Vincys, and feminine visitors were even moved to tears, in conversation with Mrs.
When she had made Nicholas thoroughly comfortable with these and other inspiriting remarks, she would discourse at length on the arduous duties she had performed that day; and, sometimes, be moved to tears in wondering how, if anything were to happen to herself, the family would ever get on without her.
Parliamentary history has few better passages than the debate in which Burke and Fox separated in the House of Commons; when Fox urged on his old friend the claims of old friendship with such tenderness that the house was moved to tears. Another anecdote is so close to my matter, that I must hazard the story.
I ought--properly speaking--I ought to have been moved to tears. But I did not even think of it.
He is easily moved to tears; is gentle, submissive, and broken-spirited.
Who could fail but be moved to tears watching him parachute into France again, 75 years after he was part of the liberation forces?
"More than one of judges were moved to tears by the stories, and the depth of creativity and imagination across the board is just brilliant."
A 90-year-old war veteran hoping to knock Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber from the top of the UK singles chart penned his song about the D-Day Landings after being "moved to tears" by a trip to France 25 years after being part of the invasion.
He and David will "forever remain in our thoughts" ." Boss Neil Warnock was moved to tears (left) when fans paid tribute to Sala last Saturday.
Viewers were moved to tears on Tuesday as the team set about revamping the home of Dublin pensioner Austin, 83, and flatmate Muhammad, 24.