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piercing

1. high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill whistle"

2. loud and sharp; "the piercing shriek of sirens"

3. as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain"

4. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent pene

5. suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth"; "the piercing needle"

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