touched by

touched by (something)

Struck with or affected by sober or tender emotions, especially gratitude or sympathy, as a result of some gesture, act, or thing. I felt touched by all the students' farewell cards on my last day of teaching. We were all very touched by what you said at the funeral, Mike.
See also: by, touched
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

touched by someone or something

Fig. emotionally affected or moved by someone or something. Sally was very nice to me. I was very touched by her. I was really touched by your kind letter.
See also: by, touched
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
There was nothing wild, nothing immodest in her manner: it was quiet and self- controlled, a little melancholy and a little touched by suspicion; not exactly the manner of a lady, and, at the same time, not the manner of a woman in the humblest rank of life.
In those days people still believed that this dreadful disease would be cured if the person suffering from it was touched by a royal hand.
In general, there is the 'swimsuit rule' for boys and girls, which teaches children that any area of the body covered by one's swimsuit is private and should not be touched by others.
Meanwhile, extended families have became separated, further reducing the opportunity to be touched by loved ones.
In Touched By The Extraordinary, author Susan Barbara Apollon draws upon her more than twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist and healer working with children and adults who were traumatized by diverse and often terminal diseases.