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exciting

[ik-sahy-ting] /ɪkˈsaɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
producing excitement; stirring; thrilling:
an exciting account of his trip to Tibet.
Origin of exciting
1805-1815
1805-15; excite + -ing2
Related forms
excitingly, adverb
nonexciting, adjective
unexciting, adjective
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  • Defective sight seems to have been the unexciting reason alleged.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
  • The last stage of our journey—an affair of some six hours—was unexciting.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • The summer glided away in a peaceful round of most unexciting events.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • While it might be unexciting, it did seem downright peaceful.

    The World That Couldn't Be Clifford Donald Simak
  • But I come now to a not unexciting incident—which for a time placed Tish and myself in an unpleasant position.

  • The study was an unexciting and comparatively comfortable room.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • He would continue in the unexciting express business for a while, until he had amassed enough to buy the ball-team.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • On this particular occasion the proceedings were unexciting and the speeches conversational in tone.

British Dictionary definitions for unexciting

unexciting

/ˌʌnɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
not interesting, stirring, or stimulating: unexciting but likable

exciting

/ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing excitement; stirring; stimulating
Derived Forms
excitingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unexciting

exciting

late 14c. (n.), "action of urging, prompting, inciting," noun of action from excite (v.). As a present participle adjective, from 1811 in sense "causing disease." Sense of "causing excitement" is from 1826.

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