Etymology
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riveting (adj.)

"commanding attention," 1854, present-participle adjective from rivet (v.). Earlier in a figurative sense of "clinching" (of an argument, etc.), 1670s. Related: Rivetingly.

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Definitions of riveting

riveting (adj.)
capable of arousing and holding the attention;
Synonyms: absorbing / engrossing / fascinating / gripping
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