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Examples of pervade in a Sentence
A feeling of great sadness pervades the film.
Art and music pervade every aspect of their lives.
Recent Examples of pervade from the Web
The Guardian story reveals the kind of general Trumpist moral rot that has pervaded Washington.
Those harmonies pervade just about every song—a connective tissue testifying to a common purpose.
Architectural distinction aside, what makes Spring Grove the true object of our real estate affections is the timeworn patina that pervades every room.
Mattioli and Spacone’s book is a look at the violence that pervaded punk rock and hardcore in the Southland in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
The compositions on the Philharmonic’s programs pervade our culture more than people might realize.
The Vietnam War pervaded every one of these changes.
That question pervades conversations around privacy and consent.
Though the rules differ from league to league, the wage-suppressing dynamics in Major League Baseball pervade American professional sports.
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Did You Know?
English speakers borrowed "pervade" in the mid-17th century from Latin pervadere, meaning "to go through." "Pervadere," in turn, was formed by combining the prefix per-, meaning "through," with the verb vadere, meaning "to go." Synonyms of "pervade" include "permeate," "impregnate," and "saturate." "Pervade" stresses a spreading diffusion throughout every part of a whole ("art and music pervade every aspect of their lives"). "Permeate" implies diffusion specifically throughout a material thing ("a green dye permeating a garment"). "Impregnate" suggests a forceful influence or effect on something throughout ("impregnate the cotton with alcohol"). "Saturate" is used when nothing more may be taken up or absorbed ("cloth saturated with water").
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