holding the attention or interest intensely; fascinating; enthralling: a gripping play; a gripping book.
- grip·ping·ly, adverb
- grip·ping·ness, noun
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How to use gripping in a sentence
A gripping, emotional and sensitive portrayal of sexual violence in Alaska that captured the full scope and complexity of the issue for every survivor involved.How We Report on Pain, Death and Trauma Without Losing Our Humanity | by Karim Doumar | August 26, 2021 | ProPublica
Some of the most gripping sports drama in Japan this week took place not at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, but at Haneda Airport.A Belarusian Olympic Athlete Found Protection in Japan. Most Refugees Do Not | Tim Hornyak/Tokyo | August 5, 2021 | Time
The most gripping moments of this year’s Tour de France, for me, came during the rain-soaked final climb of the eighth stage, on the first day in the Alps.Inside the Decision-Making of a Tour de France Team | mmirhashem | July 29, 2021 | Outside Online
From the Hailstone family of nine to Jessie Holmes, who lives with his 40 sled dogs, each person’s backstory is gripping.
Host Brandon Jenkins takes you on a richly layered, well-researched and gripping journey into music history.
My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The second pitfall is that Tendulkar has given the reader little of what should be a gripping, meaningful story of his life.
Each book has gripping scenes on the fear that permeated Argentina in those years.
And the string of episodes that aired before that were gripping, noble, and simply entertaining to watch.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble | Kevin Fallon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the simultaneously gripping and chilling hold of Serial is that its characters are real people.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession | Emily Shire | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Zeal, who was sitting stiffly forward, his hands gripping the arms of his chair, laughed dryly.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
On the bridge he paused and, gripping the parapet, made a surprise attack upon his enemy.Uncanny Tales | Various
Just as the motor got busy, the dog dropped beside Matt, gripping his right sleeve and tearing a piece out of the stout leather.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
"But about your affairs, my child," continued Aunt Maria, suddenly gripping a fresh subject after her quick and startling fashion.Overland | John William De Forest
Large and tightly fitted corks may be drawn by gripping the nails with a pair of pliers.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various