Origin of piercing
Synonyms for piercing
verb (used with object), pierced, pierc·ing.
verb (used without object), pierced, pierc·ing.
Origin of pierce
Synonyms for pierce
Related Words for piercingearsplitting, penetrating, blaring, high-pitched, fierce, biting, shrill, painful, treble, shooting, stabbing, excruciating, freezing, agonizing, keen, thin, deafening, roaring, bitter, shattering
Examples from the Web for piercing
Contemporary Examples of piercing
“Hell yeah,” he says with a smile and a piercing, blue-eyed stare.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
Thunderous sounds announce its arrival, piercing the silence that accompanies sundown in the swampland near Boystown, Liberia.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
November 11, 2014
Sensitive subjects are met with a short burst of laughter, and serious answers are sandwiched between a piercing gaze.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
One of the most piercing observations of the article is that while those who had worked with him trusted Welby, no one knew him.UK’s No 1 Churchman Doubts Existence of God: The Archbishop of Canterbury Thinks Deep When Running With His Dog
September 18, 2014
His piercing azure eyes are complemented by a new addition to his appearance: a septum piercing in his nose.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
Historical Examples of piercing
Yet, every word had in it the piercing, horrible sting of truth.Within the Law
Our disaster was too awful, and the pathos of that solitary survivor too piercing.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
Daylight had not yet succeeded in piercing through the night clouds.My Double Life
His face was stern, his nose beak-like, and his small eyes grey and piercing.City of Endless Night
A second cry arose, piercing the silence with needle-like shrillness.White Fang
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for pierce
in reference to cold, sound, etc., early 15c., present participle adjective from pierce (v.). Figuratively, of pain, grief, etc., from late 14c. Related: Piercingly.
late 14c., verbal noun from pierce (v.).
late 13c. "make a hole in; force one's way through," from Anglo-French perser, Old French percier "pierce, transfix, drive through" (12c., Modern French percer), probably from Vulgar Latin *pertusiare, frequentative of Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" (see per) + tundere "to beat, pound," from PIE *tund-, from root *(s)teu- "to push, strike, knock, beat, thrust" (see obtuse). Related: Pierced; piercing.