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Penetrating vs. Pervasive — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Penetrating and Pervasive

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Penetrating

Able or seeming to penetrate
The penetrating odor of garlic soon filled the entire apartment.

Pervasive

Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate
The pervasive odor of garlic.

Penetrating

Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute
The lecture provided penetrating insight into foreign affairs.

Pervasive

Manifested throughout; pervading, permeating, penetrating or affecting everything.
The medication had a pervasive effect on the patient's health.

Penetrating

Able to pierce or penetrate
The skunk produces a penetrating odor.

Pervasive

Tending to pervade, or having power to spread throughout; of a pervading quality.
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Penetrating

Demonstrating acute or keen understanding
His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind.

Pervasive

Spread throughout;
A pervasive anxiety overshadows the triumphs of individuals

Penetrating

Present participle of penetrate

Pervasive

Spreading throughout;
Armed with permeative irony...he punctures affectations
The pervasive odor of garlic
An error is pervasive if it is material to more than one conclusion

Penetrating

Having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, a penetrating odor.

Penetrating

Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind.
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Penetrating

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 penetrative observations

Penetrating

Tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing;
A toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface
A cold penetrating wind
A penetrating odor

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