Synonyms of piercing


1. pierce, penetrate, perforate

usage: cut or make a way through; "the knife cut through the flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced through the forest"

2. pierce, affect, impress, move, strike

usage: move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply; "The cold pierced her bones"; "Her words pierced the students"

3. pierce, sound

usage: sound sharply or shrilly; "The scream pierced the night"

4. pierce, thrust, penetrate, perforate

usage: penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

5. pierce, penetrate, perforate

usage: make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"


1. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp, perceptive (vs. unperceptive)

usage: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"

2. cutting, keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating, sharp (vs. dull)

usage: painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain"

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Definition and meaning of piercing (Dictionary)