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[uh-res-ting] /əˈrɛs tɪŋ/
attracting or capable of attracting attention or interest; striking:
an arresting smile.
making or having made an arrest:
the arresting officer.
Origin of arresting
Related forms
arrestingly, adverb
nonarresting, adjective
unarresting, adjective Unabridged
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  • It would have been arrestingly handsome but for its marring shadow of surliness.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • They were arrestingly uncommon eyes and, once seen, they must be remembered.

  • His face, now bristling with dark stubble, was none the less clear-chiseled and arrestingly featured.

    A Pagan of the Hills

    Charles Neville Buck
  • The whole picture breathed an amazingly bold and original power, and was so arrestingly vital that it gripped and held one.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • It should be arrestingly done, so that the attention shall be aroused and held from this announcement even until the end.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • Mrs Dubedat is beyond all demur an arrestingly good-looking young woman.

    The Doctor's Dilemma George Bernard Shaw
  • They were arrestingly distinctive, for one of them was pale-blue and the other noticeably grayish.

  • They were arrestingly large in size, thereby helping to dwarf the proportions of her face.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
British Dictionary definitions for arrestingly


attracting attention; striking
Derived Forms
arrestingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for arrestingly



early 15c., "action of stopping" someone or something, verbal noun from arrest (v.).



"striking, that captures the imagination," 1792, present participle adjective from arrest (v.).

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