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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
Though the rules differ from league to league, the wage-suppressing dynamics in Major League Baseball pervade American professional sports.
The negativity and lack energy pervaded the entire team as the Giants soon went 68 yards on eight plays to a take a 10-3 lead when Eli Manning hit Rhett Ellison for a 1-yard score with 2:07 left in the half.
But for all the efforts to elevate the protagonists’ serial crises, much of their story feels trivialized by a perplexing emotional grandiosity that pervades the play.
An eerie score composed by Hugo de Chaire featuring swooning strings and unsettling drums conveys the off-kilter anxiety that pervades the environment.
The individual mandate repeal is bad; the implications of this legislation for inequality, concerning; and the contempt for democracy that pervaded the whole process, dispiriting.
The corn and cheese pervades all aspects of the movies.
Not every dish on the menu works, and the noise can be deafening when the place is full, but there’s an authentic, caring spirit that pervades Son’s Addition.
The party’s leading political theorist, Wang Huning, has said that Chinese political culture is pervaded by a reverence for authority.
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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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