HyperDic: piercing

English > 2 senses of the word piercing:
ADJECTIVEallpiercing, acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, sharphaving or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
allpiercing, cutting, keen, knifelike, stabbing, lancinate, lancinatingpainful as if caused by a sharp instrument
piercing > pronunciation
Soundspih'rsihng
Rhymesabducting ... zoning: 2044 rhymes with ihng...
English > piercing: 2 senses > adjective 1
MeaningHaving or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions.
Synonymsacute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, sharp
BroaderperceptiveHaving the ability to perceive or understand
Spanishafilado, agudo, fino, incisivo, mordaz, penetrante, punzante
Catalanafilat, agut, fi, incisiu, penetrant
English > piercing: 2 senses > adjective 2
MeaningPainful as if caused by a sharp instrument.
Examples
  • "piercing knifelike pains"
  • "piercing cold"
  • "piercing criticism"
Synonymscutting, keen, knifelike, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating
Broadersharpkeenly and painfully felt
Spanishcortante, penetrante, punzante
Catalanpenetrant
Adverbspiercinglyextremely and sharply

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