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Synonyms for penetrating
ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋpen·e·trat·ing

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. penetrating

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    Synonyms:
    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discerning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, shrewd, subtile, subtle

    Antonyms:
    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharpadjective

    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"

    Synonyms:
    intense, penetrative, discriminating, shrill, neat, sharp, shrewd, lancinating, nifty, sharp-worded, not bad(p), bang-up, astute, incisive, acuate, dandy, tart, smashing, cutting, bully, precipitous, needlelike, slap-up, abrupt, keen, lancinate, knifelike, corking, exquisite, groovy, great, acute, piercing, swell, cracking, crisp, stabbing, peachy

    Antonyms:
    dull, unperceptive, unperceiving

  2. penetrative, penetratingadjective

    tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing

    "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor"

    Synonyms:
    keen, piercing, knifelike, incisive, penetrative, sharp, acute, discriminating

    Antonyms:
    dull, unperceptive, unperceiving

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. penetratingadjective

    Synonyms:
    discerning, intelligent, sagacious, sharp-witted, clear-sighted, acute, keen, quick, shrewd, keen-sighted

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. penetratingadjective

    Synonyms:
    piercing, subtile, penetrant, sharp, acute, discerning, penetrative

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  1. List of paraphrases for "penetrating":

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How to use penetrating in a sentence?

  1. Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi:

    Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.

  2. Sylvia Steiner:

    MLC soldiers by force knowingly and intentionally invaded the bodies of the victims by penetrating the victims' anuses, vaginas or other bodily openings with their penises.

  3. Jim McGann:

    Cybercriminals are deploying advanced technology, including machine learning, to aid them in penetrating security defenses.

  4. Judea Pearl:

    It is the norm, you get accustomed to it, you get accustomed to read about it in the newspaper or see another video, it becomes part of our life.You forget that it wasn’t normal. But they managed to make it a normal part of brutality. Brutality is penetrating our bloodstream without us knowing.

  5. Octavio Paz:

    Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.

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