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interesting

[in-ter-uh-sting, -truh-sting, -tuh-res-ting] /ˈɪn tər ə stɪŋ, -trə stɪŋ, -təˌrɛs tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity:
an interesting book.
2.
arousing a feeling of interest:
an interesting face.
Idioms
3.
in an interesting condition, (of a woman) pregnant.
Origin of interesting
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; interest + -ing2
Related forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
uninteresting, adjective
uninterestingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. absorbing, entertaining. Interesting, pleasing, gratifying mean satisfying to the mind. Something that is interesting occupies the mind with no connotation of pleasure or displeasure: an interesting account of a battle. Something that is pleasing engages the mind favorably: a pleasing account of the wedding. Something that is gratifying fulfills expectations, requirements, etc.: a gratifying account of his whereabouts; a book gratifying in its detail.
Antonyms
1. dull.
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  • Brandes and Wicksteed argue most interestingly from the theme.

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  • And I would add, she is very much all alive, most interestingly so, in fact.

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  • As a writer Muir is one of the most interestingly instructive we have had.

  • She certainly could talk most interestingly of her former grandeur.

  • They at least teach boys geography, and teach it interestingly.

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British Dictionary definitions for interestingly

interesting

/ˈɪntrɪstɪŋ; -tərɪs-/
adjective
1.
inspiring interest; absorbing
Derived Forms
interestingly, adverb
interestingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for interestingly

interesting

adj.

1711, "that concerns, important," from interest (v.). Meaning "so as to excite interest" is from 1768. Related: Interestingly. Euphemistic phrase interesting condition, etc., "pregnant" is from 1748.

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