Synonyms of penetrating in English:

penetrating


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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, Baltic
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
inquiring, searching, sharp, incisive, probing, deep, inquisitive, analytic, in-depth