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

Definition of arresting

: catching the attention : striking, impressive an arresting image

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 The final wine, only 50 cases of which have been allocated to the US market, is an arresting composition of dark-red fruit and silky tannins that’s suited to decades of aging. Katie Kelly Bell, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2022 More arresting—and disturbing—was the book that followed in 1979. William Tipper, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The e-mail included an attachment with a very arresting headshot of Edsel. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 Tomorrow, the New Jersey native returned three years later with yet another arresting collection of songs. Corbin Reiff, SPIN, 30 June 2022 Wilde’s most arresting visual flourish is to reference the kaleidoscopic dance spectacles of Busby Berkeley, as Alice is repeatedly struck by black-and-white visions of 1930s-style showgirls dancing in circular formations. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2022 Nan’s unflinching bravery in life and in work have made her one of the most arresting visual artists of our time. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2022 Kucki Kom, one of Montenegro's most arresting peaks at 2,487 meters, is worth the trip alone, with the scramble to the top rewarded with huge views of the Komovi Mountains. Joe Minihane, CNN, 25 July 2022 One thing which is truly arresting is the fetichism sparked by Eva Perón, which is highly contemporary. Pablo Sandoval, Variety, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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24 Sep 2022

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“Arresting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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