Synonyms & Antonyms of striking

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present participle of strike

Synonyms & Antonyms of striking (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to refuse to work in order to force an employer to meet demands
  • the union is calling for its members to strike until the mining company agrees to meet safety standards

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2 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response
  • we were struck by the willingness of total strangers to go out of their way to help us

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3 to enter the mind of
  • it struck her later that no one at the bank had asked for identification

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4 to come into usually forceful contact with something
  • the thump of hailstones striking the cars in the parking lot

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6 to take apart
  • the stagehands struck the sets the morning after the play closed

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8 to cast a spell on
  • the only way that she's going to get a man is if she strikes one

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How does the adjective striking differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of striking are conspicuous, noticeable, outstanding, prominent, remarkable, and salient. While all these words mean "attracting notice or attention," striking applies to something that impresses itself powerfully and deeply upon the observer's mind or vision.

the region's striking poverty

When is conspicuous a more appropriate choice than striking?

The meanings of conspicuous and striking largely overlap; however, conspicuous applies to something that is obvious and unavoidable to the sight or mind.

conspicuous bureaucratic waste

When would noticeable be a good substitute for striking?

The synonyms noticeable and striking are sometimes interchangeable, but noticeable applies to something unlikely to escape observation.

a piano recital with no noticeable errors

When could outstanding be used to replace striking?

While the synonyms outstanding and striking are close in meaning, outstanding applies to something that rises above and excels others of the same kind.

honored for her outstanding contributions to science

When might prominent be a better fit than striking?

The words prominent and striking can be used in similar contexts, but prominent applies to something commanding notice by standing out from its surroundings or background.

a doctor who occupies a prominent position in the town

When is it sensible to use remarkable instead of striking?

In some situations, the words remarkable and striking are roughly equivalent. However, remarkable applies to something so extraordinary or exceptional as to invite comment.

a film of remarkable intelligence and wit

Where would salient be a reasonable alternative to striking?

The words salient and striking are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, salient applies to something of significance that merits the attention given it.

the salient points of the speech

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The first known use of striking was in 1725

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“Striking.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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