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penetrating

[pen-i-trey-ting] /ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp:
a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
2.
acute; discerning:
a penetrating observation.
3.
Surgery. noting a wound that pierces the skin, especially a deep wound entering an organ or body cavity.
Also, penetrant.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; penetrate + -ing2
Related forms
penetratingly, adverb
penetratingness, noun
nonpenetrating, adjective
unpenetrating, adjective
unpenetratingly, adverb
Synonyms
2. keen, sharp. See acute.
Antonyms
1. blunt. 2. obtuse.
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penetrating

/ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to or able to penetrate: a penetrating mind, a penetrating voice
Derived Forms
penetratingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un penetrating

penetrating

adj.

"touching the feelings intensely," 1630s, figurative present participle adjective from penetrate (v.).

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