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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
But its feel pervades the Indianapolis hotel, which will open mid-September and bear its name.
Drawbacks include a slightly musty smell that pervades the lobby and the bar area, especially on rainy nights.
Known throughout the world, the man’s bulldog countenance and start-to-finish tenacity pervade western society, including halls of high schools and colleges.
As a result, tones of pride, defensiveness and occasionally resentment pervade cross-river conversations.
A free-to-play model pervades every element of this game, and it's taken me quite a bit of gameplay (and menu navigation) to really understand what a rot these systems have turned out to be.
The artist’s tragic death and the wider suffering at the center of many of the works in Akunnittinni pervades much of the show.
Thanks in part to scholarship that has laid bare the effects of racialization on society, journalism is more attuned to the kinds of dog-whistle language that pervaded not only the crack epidemic, but the heroin epidemic before it.
For almost 30 years, Blue Man Group has pervaded pop culture around the world with its eclectic, nonverbal percussive performances, zany lights and comedic movements.
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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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