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Definition of piercing:

  1. Forcibly entering, or adapted to enter, at or by a point; perforating; penetrating; keen; - used also figuratively; as, a piercing instrument, or thrust.

Synonyms:

nifty, sharp, swell, knifelike, slap-up, bleak, neat, sharp-worded, exquisite, big, lancinating, bully, dandy, edged, shrill, cacophonic, high, great, raw, shrewd, tart, piping, crisp, discriminating, high-pitched, not bad, perceptive, keen, penetrative, intense, abrupt, corking, lancinate, acute, stabbing, incisive, penetrating, precipitous, shooting, groovy, cracking, astute, peachy, smashing, wounding, cutting, cacophonous, shrilly, bang-up, needlelike, shrieky, acuate.

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