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Language tip of the week: exciting synonyms

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This week’s language tip gives useful advice on the adjective excited:

Adjectives for describing things that make someone feel excited:
exciting making you feel excited and enthusiastic:
This is the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. ♦ an exciting opportunity ♦ Most people find New York very exciting.
thrilling extremely exciting, often used about sporting events:
France lost to Wales 34–33 in a thrilling match in Paris.
exhilarating making you feel happy, excited, and full of energy:
I spent an exhilarating day cruising the river. ♦ an exhausting but exhilarating climb
gripping very exciting and interesting, used especially about books, films, sporting events etc that are so exciting that you can’t stop reading or watching them:
A crowd of 8000 witnessed the gripping final chapter of a remarkable contest. ♦ a gripping account of the disaster
dramatic exciting and interesting, often used about sporting events that are very exciting, especially at the end:
His side lost 6–1 in a remarkable game with a dramatic finale.

Frequent collocations
Nouns frequently used with thrilling:
battle, climax, contest, end, ending, final, finish, game, match, victory

Nouns frequently used with gripping:
account, drama, episode, story, tale

Nouns frequently used with dramatic:
end, ending, final, finale, finish, victory

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