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APPEALING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does appealing mean? 

APPEALING (adjective)
  The adjective APPEALING has 3 senses:

1. able to attract interest or draw favorable attention
2. (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings
3. expressing earnest entreaty

  Familiarity information: APPEALING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


APPEALING (adjective)


Sense 1appealing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to attract interest or draw favorable attention

Context examples:

He added an appealing and memorable figure to popular American mythology / an appealing sense of humor / the idea of having enough money to retire at fifty is very appealing

Similar:

attention-getting; catchy (likely to attract attention)

attractive (having power to arouse interest)

Antonym:

unappealing (not able to attract favorable attention)


Sense 2appealing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings

Synonyms:

likable; likeable; appealing; sympathetic

Context example:

the sympathetic characters in the play

Domain category:

drama (the literary genre of works intended for the theater)


Sense 3appealing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expressing earnest entreaty

Synonyms:

imploring; importunate; pleading; appealing

Context examples:

the appealing and frightened look worn by an injured dog / she holds out her hand for money, importunate, insistent / a pleading note in her voice

Similar:

beseeching (begging)


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