riv·​et·​ing | \ ˈri-və-tiŋ \

Definition of riveting 

: having the power to fix the attention : engrossing, fascinating a riveting story

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Other Words from riveting

rivetingly \ ˈri-​və-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of riveting in a Sentence

a riveting explanation of light waves that fascinated the class

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Kavanaugh’s televised circus was the most riveting legal show since Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas in 1991. James Atlas, Town & Country, "The Year of the Celebrity Super Lawyer," 3 Dec. 2018 Bertolucci is often regarded as a bridge between the simple, riveting stories of postwar Italian neorealist film and the sometimes surreal intellectual investigations of the French New Wave directors in the 1970s. Lee Siegel, WSJ, "Bertolucci’s Obsessions," 30 Nov. 2018 Casting Momoa, who was so riveting as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones' first season, was an inspired choice, and the initial artwork showing an Aquaman reimagined for the 21st century looked promising. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Hang on to your magical tridents, the final Aquaman trailer is here," 20 Nov. 2018 Besides, searching for a great deals is just as riveting as the last 10 seconds of a basketball game—right? Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The best Friday deals on Amazon," 16 Mar. 2018 The Phantastics Submitted *The Phantastics, August 15: Kansas City’s best party band plays a riveting hybrid of hip-hop, rock and funk. The Royals, kansascity, "Come for a Royals Game and Listen to Some Great Local Music (Sponsored)," 29 May 2018 These are the seven most important moments that summarize the most riveting and consequential congressional hearing in years. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 7 most important moments from Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 Moss has secured our empathy with her riveting and eye-centric performance, so each near-miss is excruciating. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "A well-timed ‘Handmaid’s’ hiatus," 9 July 2018 Outside of a riveting performance in a 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the 2015 NFC championship game, Newton's statistics in the postseason have been average. USA TODAY, "Cam Newton key to Panthers playoffs hopes vs. Saints," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of riveting

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riveting was in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of riveting

: very exciting or interesting

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