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piercing

[peer-sing] /ˈpɪər sɪŋ/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see pierce, -ing2
Related forms
piercingly, adverb
piercingness, noun
unpiercing, adjective
Synonyms
1. grating, strident, screeching.
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British Dictionary definitions for un piercing

piercing

/ˈpɪəsɪŋ/
adjective
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
noun
5.
the art or practice of piercing body parts for the insertion of jewellery
6.
an instance of the piercing of a body part
Derived Forms
piercingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un piercing

piercing

adj.

in reference to cold, sound, etc., early 15c., present participle adjective from pierce (v.). Figuratively, of pain, grief, etc., from late 14c. Related: Piercingly.

n.

late 14c., verbal noun from pierce (v.).

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