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piercing

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of piercing

  1. 1 causing intense discomfort to one's skin <that light sweater will be no match for the piercing wind outside> Synonyms biting, bitter, keen, penetrating, cutting, raw, sharp, shrewd, smarting, stingingRelated Words brisk, invigorating, nippy, snappy; needlelike, prickly, tingling; caustic, corrosiveNear Antonyms balmy, gentle, mild, soothing

  2. 2 marked by a high volume of sound <the frightened child emitted a piercing shriek that could be heard all over the house> Synonyms blaring, blasting, booming, clamorous, clangorous, deafening, earsplitting, loud, plangent, resounding, ringing, roaring, slam-bang, sonorous, stentorian, thundering, thunderousRelated Words brazen, dinning, discordant, noisy, obstreperous, raucous, rip-roaring, vociferous; grating, harsh, overloud, sharp, shrill, squealing, stridentNear Antonyms dead, quiet, silent, still, stilly, ultraquiet; calm, dreamy, peaceful, restful, serene, soothing, tranquil; hushed, muffled, muted, softened, toned (down)Antonyms gentle, low, soft





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