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penetrating

adjective
     
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pen‧e‧trat‧ing
1

penetrating look/eyes/gaze etc

a look etc which makes you feel uncomfortable and seems to see inside your mind:
a pair of penetrating dark eyes
He gave her a penetrating stare.
2 showing an ability to understand things quickly and completely:
questions that are intelligent and penetrating
a penetrating analysis of the issue
3 spreading and reaching everywhere:
the penetrating cold
4C a penetrating sound is loud, clear, and often unpleasant:
a high, penetrating voice
penetratingly adverb

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