strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce striking (audio) \

Definition of striking

: attracting attention or notice through unusual or conspicuous qualities a place of striking beauty

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Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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noticeable, remarkable, prominent, outstanding, conspicuous, salient, striking mean attracting notice or attention. noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation. a piano recital with no noticeable errors remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment. a film of remarkable intelligence and wit prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background. a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind. honored for her outstanding contributions to science conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind. conspicuous bureaucratic waste salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it. the salient points of the speech striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision. the region's striking poverty

Examples of striking in a Sentence

The poverty of the city is striking. There is a striking resemblance between the girls. an actress known for her striking good looks
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But the really striking feature is how her life experiences become the actual world around you. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Sea of Solitude is a haunting game that turns personal demons into literal monsters," 5 July 2019 The tech sector’s subsequent rebound, though, has been even more striking than its implosion. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Tech jobs soar to all-time record in Bay Area," 5 July 2019 The most striking feature of the Trump administration’s conference showcasing the economic side of its Middle East peace plan was what was largely absent: criticism of Israeli policy toward the Palestinian territories. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Arab Officials Mute Criticism of Israel at Trump Administration’s Middle-East Peace Conference," 26 June 2019 One of the image’s most striking features is that Valeria’s arm is draped around the neck of her father. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Image of dead father, daughter at US-Mexico border draws reactions from around the world," 26 June 2019 One of the most striking features is the ability to virtually chat with each of the members. Natalie Morin,, "We Played BTS World, & It's The Game of ARMY's Dreams," 25 June 2019 One of the striking features of the show is the visual progression of the Koran from the simplicity of early Arabian styles to ever more detailed and colorful traditions of graphic art, fed by Persian influences. The New York Review of Books, "Robert F. Worth," 21 Feb. 2019 The striking thing is that none of these women could ever be the leader in their own right. Alex Ward, Vox, "The secret life of Kim Jong Un," 20 June 2019 One of the most striking things that occurred during the NBA Finals was the swiftness with which the NBA handed down a punishment to Mark Stevens, the minority owner of the Warriors who behaved terribly in an interaction with Lowry. Ann Killion,, "Pacific Ocean? It’s the NBA and all its offseason drama that remains undefeated," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of striking

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of striking was in 1725

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English Language Learners Definition of striking

: unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention
: very attractive especially in an unusual or interesting way


strik·​ing | \ ˈstrī-kiŋ\

Kids Definition of striking

: attracting attention : remarkable a striking resemblance

Other Words from striking

strikingly adverb

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