Synonyms of penetrating in English:

penetrating


See definition of penetrating

adjective

1‘a penetrating wind’

SYNONYMS

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

rare nipping

ANTONYMS

gentle, mild

2‘a penetrating voice’

SYNONYMS

shrill, strident, piercing, carrying, clearly audible, loud, strong, high, high-pitched, piping, ear-piercing, ear-splitting, screechy, intrusive

ANTONYMS

mellow, soft

3‘a penetrating smell’

SYNONYMS

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

literary mephitic

ANTONYMS

mild

4‘penetrating eyes’

SYNONYMS

observant, searching, intent, alert, shrewd, perceptive, probing, piercing, sharp, keen

5‘a penetrating analysis’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

dull

6‘penetrating questions’

SYNONYMS

enquiring, searching, sharp, incisive, probing, deep, inquisitive, analytic, in-depth