Definition: Commuovere; Italian; verb
1. To stir, to touch, to move to tears.
Why I love this word:
When you read a beautiful piece of literature, when you hear a song that speaks to the feelings you are feeling inside, when you see something that inspires an emotion within you. Commuovere is a word usually lost in translation that comes close to meaning “heartwarming”, but in the sense that it directly relates to a story that has moved you to affectionate tears. Books and stories have different affects on people. John Green likes to say that books belong to their readers, and I completely agree. Same with songs. Every reader and listener reacts to stories or songs differently based on the emotional thoughts they are currently experiencing.
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