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penetrating

Synonyms of penetrating in English:

adjective

  • 1 a penetrating wind
    keen, sharp, acute, numbing, harsh, fierce, raw;
    frosty, freezing, frigid, chill, chilling, glacial, arctic, wintry, cold, bitterly/intensely cold, nippy
    British informal parky
    rare nipping
    [Antonyms] gentle, mild
  • 2 a penetrating voice
    shrill, strident, piercing, carrying, clearly audible, loud, strong, high, high-pitched, piping, ear-piercing, ear-splitting, screechy, intrusive
    [Antonyms] mellow, soft
  • 3 a penetrating smell
    pungent, pervasive, strong, powerful, suffocating, stifling;
    sharp, acrid, acid, sour, biting, stinging, burning, smarting, irritating, nauseating, nauseous, sickly, offensive, astringent, bitter, fetid, cloying;
    heady, aromatic, flowery, fragrant
    literary mephitic
    [Antonyms] mild
  • 4 penetrating eyes
    observant, searching, intent, alert, shrewd, perceptive, probing, piercing, sharp, keen
  • 5 a penetrating analysis
    [Antonyms] dull
  • 6 penetrating questions
    enquiring, searching, sharp, incisive, probing, deep, inquisitive, analytic, in-depth
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    penetrating, keen, acute
    See keen1

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