touch a chord

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v touch a chord evoke a reaction, response, or emotion "this writer strikes a chord with young women","The storyteller touched a chord"
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Usage

In literature:

Something in Elsie's love for her brother had touched a tender chord.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
She had touched a chord in his nature too roughly, and it had not stood the strain.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She had a piano in the corridor, and with sweet music touched the tender chords in their souls.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The scene touched a chord in unison with his own memories; for by some such incident had he first won the favour of Marian.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The chivalry on which he congratulated himself had not touched a single chord in Barnes.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
The Doctor had touched a chord, the vibration of which, midst all her happiness, she felt with pain.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
There thou dost touch a chord in ignorance.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
She looked up at him steadily now, and Leicester saw by the expression in her eyes that he had touched a wrong chord.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
The song of the lark seemed to have touched a chord of sadness in his bosom.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
The passionate feeling of Bemperlein had touched a sympathetic chord in her heart.
"Through Night to Light" by Friedrich Spielhagen
He must touch a deeper chord.
"The Breaking of the Storm, Vol II." by Friedrich Spielhagen
And then, there are other chords of feeling touched in the sailor's heart, at the end of a cruise, besides the parting with his ship.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Ah, what a chord to touch!
"Tom Clark and His Wife" by Paschal Beverly Randolph
Then came a curious sensation, touching a chord which vibrated throughout his entire being.
"The Daughter Pays" by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
The very sound of them as they are enunciated by the human voice touches a chord to which the heart instinctively responds.
"The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts" by George W. Holley
The mere mention of the name of Strauss touched a poignant chord.
"The Late Tenant" by Louis Tracy
A chord had been touched to which the heart of each vibrated in unison.
"Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale" by Ida Glenwood
Each string of Love's many-chorded lyre is touched with a vigorous hand.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
The little house, with its romantic surroundings, had touched a very deep chord in her nature.
"For the School Colours" by Angela Brazil
With the hand of destiny Mr. Tate touched a vital chord.
"Turns about Town" by Robert Cortes Holliday
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In poetry:

A melody that has no words
Of mortal speech a part,
Yet touching all the deepest chords
That tremble in the heart:
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley
No; not of these I think, though each
Is rich in spells of magic song;
These daisies touch a chord to which
All sadder thoughts of death belong.
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson
IX. And round my harp fresh buds I'll twine,
O'er which departing day has wept;
As wildly soft its chords I'll touch
As though a sigh its chords had swept.
"The Boudoir" by Sydney Owenson
A few brief lines; they touch on solemn chords,
And hearts may leap to hear their honest words;
Yet, ere the jarring bugle-blast is blown,
The softer lyre shall breathe its soothing tone.
"A Rhymed Lesson (Urania)" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'T is not that the music can signify much,
But then there are chords that awake with a touch,--
And our hearts can find echoes of sorrow and joy
To the winch of the minstrel who hails from Savoy.
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The second annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, slated to get under way in Waikiki this weekend, will feature a lineup of masters of the island-style musical touch, tone and chord progression.
The distress of the 'Bronco Bamma' girl, Abigael Evans, seemed to touch enough of a chord that NPR issued an apology, of sorts.
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