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piercing

[peer-sing]
adjective
1.
loud or shrill, as the quality of a voice.
2.
extremely cold or bitter: a piercing wind.
3.
appearing to gaze deeply or penetratingly into something: piercing eyes.
4.
perceptive or aware; acute: a piercing mind.
5.
sarcastic or caustic; cutting: piercing remarks.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see pierce, -ing2

piercingly, adverb
piercingness, noun
unpiercing, adjective


1. grating, strident, screeching.
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piercing (ˈpɪəsɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  (of a sound) sharp and shrill
2.  (of eyes or a look) intense and penetrating
3.  (of an emotion) strong and deeply affecting
4.  (of cold or wind) intense or biting
 
n
5.  the art or practice of piercing body parts for the insertion of jewellery
6.  an instance of the piercing of a body part
 
'piercingly
 
adv

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pierce
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. perser, O.Fr. percier (11c.), probably from V.L. *pertusiare, freq. of L. pertusus, pp. of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" + tundere "to beat, pound," from PIE base *(s)tud- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (see obtuse). Piercing
in ref. to cold, sound, etc. is recorded from early 15c.
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