One of the most piercing observations of the article is that while those who had worked with him trusted Welby, no one knew him.
I spent most of the day inwardly bracing myself for the piercing shriek of a siren to break the silence of the city.
Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of its summers and the piercing chill of its winters.
late 13c. "make a hole in; force one's way through," from Anglo-French perser, Old French percier "pierce, transfix, drive through" (12c., Modern French percer), probably from Vulgar Latin *pertusiare, frequentative of Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" (see per) + tundere "to beat, pound," from PIE *tund-, from root *(s)teu- "to push, strike, knock, beat, thrust" (see obtuse). Related: Pierced; piercing.