V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: arousing and holding the attention of

Synonyms: fascinating, enthralling, spellbinding, captivating

Antonyms: boring, dull, uninteresting, common

Tips: To rivet is "to hold" or "direct one's attention to something." Thus, something described as riveting is capable of holding a person's attention because of its fascinating qualities. Just because something is riveting, doesn't always mean it's good. Sometimes, horrifying things can be riveting as well. Riveting is synonymous with captivating and enthralling. They all refer to something that is fascinating and captures your attention. Use whichever word best flows with your sentence.

Usage Examples:

I found the movie riveting and was on the edge of my seat the whole time. (enthralling, captivating)

I was riveted to the television as news of the events unfolded. (held, fixed) verb

After the play, many audience members waited backstage to congratulate the actor on his riveting performance. (spellbinding, enthralling)

The professor's lectures were less than riveting, and several students decided to drop the class. (captivating, fascinating)

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