ar·​rest·​ing | \ ə-ˈre-stiŋ How to pronounce arresting (audio) \

Definition of arresting

: catching the attention : striking, impressive an arresting image

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Other Words from arresting

arrestingly \ ə-​ˈre-​stiŋ-​lē How to pronounce arresting (audio) \ adverb

Examples of arresting in a Sentence

an arresting film about tribal traditions in Africa at seven feet tall, he's an arresting figure in any crowd
Recent Examples on the Web Among the most arresting items in the exhibition is a bronze head of Nero, which was discovered in the River Alde, in Suffolk, England, just over a century ago. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 Enter some of the most arresting Italian appetizers in the city. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Britell’s most arresting scores tend to fuse both ends of his musical education. New York Times, 6 May 2021 There are features throughout that stand out, perhaps the most arresting being the interior walls, which are primarily made up of white, 6-inch-wide shiplap. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2021 His singing is plain but arresting, like looking out to a lush field or up to a blue sky. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021 The sound of hammers is not nearly so arresting as the sound of your own kids’ whining. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 The storied Rocky Mountaineer train has introduced a new route for 2021 that showcases some of the most arresting scenery in the American Southwest. Ashlea Halpern, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2021 Kurt Cobain’s guitar sound was violent and arresting, like his amp was on fire. Nabil Ayers, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of arresting

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arresting

from present participle of arrest entry 1

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The first known use of arresting was in 1792

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20 Jun 2021

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“Arresting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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