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 formsar·rest·ing·ly, adverbnon·ar·rest·ing, adjectiveun·ar·rest·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrestingly

Contemporary Examples of arrestingly

Historical Examples of arrestingly

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for arrestingly



attracting attention; striking
Derived Formsarrestingly, 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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