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[strahy-king] /ˈstraɪ kɪŋ/
attractive; impressive:
a scene of striking beauty.
noticeable; conspicuous:
a striking lack of enthusiasm.
being on strike, as workers.
  1. capable of attacking an enemy, especially by air:
    striking power.
  2. within the extent of space through which it is possible to attack a target effectively:
    striking distance.
Origin of striking
1605-15; strike + -ing2
Related forms
strikingly, adverb
strikingness, noun
nonstriking, adjective
unstriking, adjective
1. remarkable, noteworthy. Unabridged
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  • Miniature carnations and spiky fir needles create a wreath that's both fragrant and strikingly elegant.
  • Over time, the isolation of different dinosaur populations led to the origin over strikingly different species.
  • But the amphibian also looks strikingly different to other species.
  • But an independent-minded biologist is arguing for a strikingly different way to understand cells.
  • These studies are then reported with a strikingly uncritical eye.
  • It might be too much to expect, but one thing that was in the air in the sixties that seems strikingly absent today is tolerance.
  • The power of satire, wielded by genius, has never been more strikingly displayed.
  • strikingly exceptional as was his poetic career, it was not inexplicably miraculous.
  • They knew the mammoth, because they have left us strikingly effective pictures of that creature.
  • It has always been emphasized that he took as his pupils only strikingly handsome boys and youths.
British Dictionary definitions for strikingly


attracting attention; fine; impressive: a striking beauty
conspicuous; noticeable: a striking difference
Derived Forms
strikingly, adverb
strikingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for strikingly



"producing a vivid impression," 1752, from strike (v.) in the sense of "to catch the fancy of" (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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