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(especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people.‘ageism is pervasive and entrenched in our society’
prevalent, penetrating, pervading, permeating, extensive, ubiquitous, omnipresent, present everywhere, rife, widespread, general, common, universal, pandemic, epidemic, endemic, inescapable, insidiousView synonyms
- ‘He exercised a pervasive influence on European drama by challenging the conventions of naturalism.’
- ‘The code of gentility was far more pervasive and important than the influence of the group of self-styled gentry.’
- ‘Crime is now more organised, more professional, more ruthless and more pervasive.’
- ‘Cultures influence and pressure one another all the time, in pervasive and subtle ways.’
- ‘Kinship is one of the more important, pervasive and complex systems of culture.’
- ‘In this way they are constant and pervasive, endemic to the human condition.’
- ‘In contrast, peace is a fundamental aspect of the faith and is a very pervasive element in Islam.’
- ‘Knowledge networks have become pervasive because they can be simple to implement.’
- ‘Yet at the end of this period, as at the beginning, the influence of lordship in society was pervasive.’
- ‘The joys of return and reunion with the homeland thus intermingle with a pervasive and insurmountable feeling of loss.’
- ‘Modern day society is replete with situations that make chronic stress highly pervasive.’
- ‘They include globalisation, the spread of the Internet and the pervasive power of money.’
- ‘It has become so pervasive that it influences how people write for the Web.’
- ‘This phenomenon is not just limited to a few companies, but is widespread and pervasive.’
- ‘It is crucial for governments and corporations to face the fact that this feeling is quite pervasive.’
- ‘One of the things that concerns me about the tone of the site is the kind of pervasive pessimism it contains.’
- ‘The answer depends on how broad and pervasive you like your conspiracies to be.’
- ‘Are they preparing for class or are they simply unknowing subscribers of this pervasive myth?’
- ‘Nevertheless, their influence is pervasive within the history of science.’
- ‘But it's the pervasive humour that wins through, thanks to a nicely crafted script.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin pervas- ‘passed through’ (from the verb pervadere) + -ive.
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