Penetrating vs. Pervasive — What's the Difference?
Difference Between Penetrating and Pervasive
Able or seeming to penetrate
The penetrating odor of garlic soon filled the entire apartment.
Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate
The pervasive odor of garlic.
Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute
The lecture provided penetrating insight into foreign affairs.
Manifested throughout; pervading, permeating, penetrating or affecting everything.
The medication had a pervasive effect on the patient's health.
Able to pierce or penetrate
The skunk produces a penetrating odor.
Tending to pervade, or having power to spread throughout; of a pervading quality.
Demonstrating acute or keen understanding
His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind.
A pervasive anxiety overshadows the triumphs of individuals
Present participle of penetrate
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
Having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, a penetrating odor.
Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind.
Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;
An acute observer of politics and politicians
Icy knifelike reasoning
As sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
Frequent penetrative observations
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