Thesaurus

pierce

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pierce

  1. 1 to go or come in or into thoughts of revenge relentlessly pierced her mind Synonyms of pierce access, penetrate, enterWords Related to pierce barge (in), breeze (in), burst (in or into), waltz (in); drop in, pop (in); stray (into), wander (into); crash, encroach, gate-crash, infiltrate, infringe, intrude, invade, trespassAntonyms of pierce depart, exit, leave

  2. 2 to make a hole or series of holes in pierced his ears with a needle Synonyms of pierce bore, drill, hole, perforate, punch, puncture, riddleWords Related to pierce broach, tap; poke, prick, prickle; penetrate; burrow (into), excavate, gouge, groove, hollow; break, cut, gash, notch, rend, rupture, slash, slit, splitNear Antonyms of pierce fill, patch, plug, seal

  3. 3 to penetrate or hold (something) with a pointed object the saber pierced his chest, releasing a spurt of blood Synonyms of pierce gore, harpoon, jab, lance, peck, pick, impale, pink, puncture, run through, skewer, spear, spike, spit, stab, stick, transfix, transpierceWords Related to pierce spindle; perforate, riddle; bayonet, dirk, gimlet, pike, poniard, prong, quill; pinprick, poke, prick, punch, thrust; cut, knife, slice

Synonym Discussion of pierce

enter, penetrate, pierce, probe mean to make way into something. enter is the most general of these and may imply either going in or forcing a way in.
    • entered the city in triumph
penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance.
    • the enemy penetrated the fortress
pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument.
    • pierced the boil with a lancet
probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge.
    • probed the depths of the sea


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