piercing - definition and synonyms


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  1. 2
    mainly literary piercing eyes or looks seem to show that someone sees and understands more than other people

    She met his piercing gaze, and smiled.

    piercing blue eyes

  2. 3
    piercing wind or cold air is so cold that it hurts you
  3. 4
    piercing feelings are very strong and usually unpleasant

    She felt a piercing guilt.

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