English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'penetrating'

(adjective) 
Definition
tending to or able to penetrate
A penetrating alarm cut through the noise.
Synonyms
,
harsh
He said many harsh and unkind things.
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piercing
a piercing whistle
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carrying
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piping
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loud
Suddenly there was a loud bang.
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strident
She tried to laugh, and the sound was harsh and strident.
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shrill
the shrill whistle of the engine
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high-pitched
A woman squealed in a high-pitched voice.
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ear-splitting
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
tending to or able to penetrate
a most wonderful penetrating smell and taste
Synonyms
pungent
He enjoyed the play's shrewd and pungent social analysis.
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strong
It's a good strong flavour, without being overpowering.
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powerful
tiny flowers with a powerful scent
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sharp
a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
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heady
heady with the smell of flowers and blossom.
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aromatic
a shrub with aromatic leaves
(adjective) 
Definition
tending to or able to penetrate
A raw, penetrating wind was blowing in off the plain.
Synonyms
piercing
a piercing wind
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cutting
a cutting wind
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biting
a raw, biting northerly wind
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sharp
The wind was not as sharp and cruel as it had been.
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freezing
a freezing January afternoon
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stinging
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bitterly cold
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arctic (informal)
The bathroom is positively arctic.
(adjective) 
Definition
tending to or able to penetrate
a penetrating mind
Synonyms
intelligent
Rita is a highly intelligent woman.
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quick
The older adults are not as quick in their thinking.
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sharp
Using a sharp knife, cut away the pith and peel from both fruits.
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keen
a keen sense of humour
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critical
What is needed is a critical analysis of the evidence.
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acute
His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
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profound
a book full of profound and challenging insights
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discriminating
These products are snapped up by more discriminating customers.
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shrewd
She's a shrewd businesswoman.
a shrewd guess
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discerning
tailor-made holidays to suit the more discerning traveller
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astute
He made a series of astute business decisions.
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perceptive
a very perceptive critique of Wordsworth
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incisive
a shrewd operator with an incisive mind
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sharp-witted
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perspicacious (formal)
a man of perspicacious judgment
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sagacious (formal)
a wise and sagacious leader
Opposites
, , , , , ,
uncomprehending
(adjective) 
Definition
tending to or able to penetrate
a penetrating stare
Synonyms
,
searching
asking searching questions
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sharp
He is very sharp and swift with repartee.
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keen
a person of keen intellect
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alert
He had been spotted by an alert neighbour.
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probing
,
Opposites
unperceptive

Additional synonyms

in the sense of acute
Definition
penetrating in perception or insight
His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
in the sense of alert
Definition
watchful and attentive
He had been spotted by an alert neighbour.
Synonyms
on the lookout,
on guard,
wide-awake,
on your toes,
on the watch,
keeping a weather eye on,
in the sense of arctic
Definition
very cold
The bathroom is positively arctic.
Synonyms
icy,
frost-bound,
cold as ice

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