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piercing

adjective

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1 causing intense discomfort to one's skin
  • that light sweater will be no match for the piercing wind outside

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2 marked by a high volume of sound
  • the frightened child emitted a piercing shriek that could be heard all over the house

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piercing

verb
present participle of pierce

Synonyms & Antonyms of piercing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to go or come in or into
  • thoughts of revenge relentlessly pierced her mind

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2 to make a hole or series of holes in
  • pierced his ears with a needle

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3 to penetrate or hold (something) with a pointed object
  • the saber pierced his chest, releasing a spurt of blood

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The first known use of piercing was in the 14th century

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“Piercing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/piercing. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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