Synonyms of penetrating in English:



  • 1 a penetrating wind
    piercing, cutting, biting, stinging, keen, sharp, harsh, raw, freezing, chill, wintry, cold
    [Antonyms] mild, gentle
  • 2 a penetrating voice
    shrill, strident, piercing, carrying, loud, high, high-pitched, piping, ear-splitting, screechy, intrusive
    [Antonyms] mellow, soft
  • 3 a penetrating smell
    pungent, pervasive, strong, powerful, sharp, acrid;
    heady, aromatic
    [Antonyms] mild
  • 4 her penetrating gaze
    observant, searching, intent, alert, shrewd, perceptive, probing, piercing, sharp, keen
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