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Appealing vs Engaging - What's the difference?

appealing | engaging | Synonyms |

Engaging is a synonym of appealing.

As adjectives the difference between appealing and engaging

is that appealing is having appeal; attractive while engaging is that engages the attention; engrossing, interesting; enthralling.

As verbs the difference between appealing and engaging

is that appealing is present participle of lang=en while engaging is present participle of lang=en.

As a noun appealing

is the act of making an appeal.




(en adjective)
  • Having appeal; attractive.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Michael Riordan , title=Tackling Infinity , volume=100, issue=1, page=86 , magazine= citation , passage=Some of the most beautiful and thus appealing physical theories, including quantum electrodynamics and quantum gravity, have been dogged for decades by infinities that erupt when theorists try to prod their calculations into new domains. Getting rid of these nagging infinities has probably occupied far more effort than was spent in originating the theories.}}
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=September 7 , author=Dominic Fifield , title=England start World Cup campaign with five-goal romp against Moldova , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=Those were all landmark moments to cherish. Just as appealing was the manner in which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner cut swathes down either flank, albeit through flustered full-backs who had looked poorly positioned and horribly jittery from the start. }}

    Derived terms

    * appealingly


  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of making an appeal.
  • * 1866 , Heros von Borcke, Memoirs of the Confederate War for independence
  • The fair creature abandoned her position, and in the midst of her bitter tears and pathetic appealings , which my sense of duty alone enabled me to resist, I bore my prisoner off.






    (en adjective)
  • That engages the attention; engrossing, interesting; enthralling.
  • I found the first of the Harry Potter books a very engaging read.
  • Charming; attractive, especially of a manner or behaviour.
  • Beauty, of course, and a bright, engaging personality — or at least the ability to fake one — are prerequisites for entering the Miss World competition.

    Derived terms

    * engagingness * unengaging


    * (that engages the attention) absorbing, compelling, engrossing, enthralling, interesting * (charming) appealing, attractive, sweet


    * (that engages the attention) boring, dull, unengaging, uninteresting * (charming) boorish, rude, uncivil, uncivilised