Definition of arresting in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈrestiNG/


1Striking; eye-catching: at 6 feet 6 inches he was an arresting figure
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  • It is a pity that there exists no serious biography of Archibald Wavell, an intriguing and arresting figure.
  • Joseph is a good enough accompanist, but Jonah has a voice of extraordinary, arresting beauty: ‘my brother sings to save the good and make the wicked take their own lives’.
  • Seeing this familiar image of Christ overlooking the Final Judgment rendered in such an unusual manner has an arresting effect on the viewer.
striking, eye-catching, impactful, conspicuous, engaging, engrossing, fascinating, impressive, imposing, spectacular, dramatic, breathtaking, dazzling, stunning, awe-inspiring;
remarkable, outstanding, distinctive
2A person or agency that seizes and detains (someone or something) by legal authority: the arresting officer
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  • I think you'd rather put it to the arresting authorities or those who are responsible for prosecution.
  • Initially, most thought that having a false name and no identification would make it more difficult for the arresting authority to prove that they were Arab.
  • Uncle Dave had a healthy disrespect for authority and his advice to ‘always take the arresting officer's number’ has stood me in good stead.



Example sentences
  • Despite some unpolished acting, this conceit is arrestingly carried off: the scenes representing Orpheus's journey into Hades are particularly imaginative in the way they depart from reality without ever actually leaving Rio.
  • Therborn, by contrast, in focusing on just one dimension of existence, develops a map of human changes over time that is faithful to the complexity and diversity of the world in an arrestingly new way, omitting no corner of the planet.
  • ‘When Britain's sea power was in its prime,’ he began arrestingly, ‘Samuel Pepys ran our Navy almost single-handed.’

Words that rhyme with arresting

unprotesting, unresting, westing

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Syllabification: ar·rest·ing

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