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1‘a penetrating wind’
piercing, cutting, stinging, biting
keen, sharp, acute, numbing, harsh, fierce, raw
frosty, freezing, frigid, chill, chilling, glacial, arctic, wintry, cold, bitterly cold, intensely cold, nippy
British informal parky
2‘a penetrating voice’
shrill, strident, piercing, carrying, clearly audible, loud, strong, high, high-pitched, piping, ear-piercing, ear-splitting, screechy, intrusive
3‘a penetrating smell’
pungent, pervasive, strong, powerful, suffocating, stifling
sharp, acrid, acid, sour, biting, stinging, burning, smarting, irritating, nauseating, nauseous, sickly, offensive, astringent, bitter, fetid, cloying
heady, aromatic, flowery, fragrant
observant, searching, intent, alert, shrewd, perceptive, probing, piercing, sharp, keen
5‘a penetrating analysis’
perceptive, insightful, keen, sharp, sharp-witted, quick-witted, intelligent, clever, smart, incisive, piercing, knife-like, razor-edged, trenchant, astute, shrewd, subtle, quick, ready, clear, acute, discriminating, percipient, perspicacious, discerning, sensitive, thoughtful, penetrative, deep, profound
North American informal whip-smart
enquiring, searching, sharp, incisive, probing, deep, inquisitive, analytic, in-depth
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