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 for piercing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Piercing \Pier"cing\, a.
     Forcibly entering, or adapted to enter, at or by a point;
     perforating; penetrating; keen; -- used also figuratively;
     as, a piercing instrument, or thrust. "Piercing eloquence."
     [1913 Webster] -- Pier"cing*ly, adv. -- Pier"cing*ness,
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pierce \Pierce\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pierced; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Piercing.] [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier,
     parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare,
     fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per
     through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F.
     pertuis a hole. Cf. Contuse, Parch, Pertuse.]
     1. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed
        instrument. "I pierce . . . her tender side." --Dryden.
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     2. To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to
        pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a
        shot pierced the ship.
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     3. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a
        mystery. "Pierced with grief." --Pope.
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              Can no prayers pierce thee?           --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: acute, discriminating,
             incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating,
             penetrative, piercing, sharp]
      2: painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind";
         "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains";
         "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain";
         "lancinating pain" [syn: cutting, keen, knifelike,
         piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  271 Moby Thesaurus words for "piercing":
     Siberian, absorbing, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic,
     acidulent, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, acupunctuation,
     acupuncture, acute, afflictive, agonizing, algid, apperceptive,
     appercipient, arctic, argute, arresting, asperous, astringent,
     astute, atrocious, bayonetting, below zero, biting, bitter,
     bitterly cold, blaring, bleak, booming, bore, boreal, boring,
     brisk, broach, brumal, caustic, chilling, cogent, cold,
     cold as charity, cold as death, cold as ice, cold as marble,
     corroding, corrosive, cramping, creaky, crisp, cruel, cutting,
     deafening, deep, deep-felt, deepgoing, discerning, distressing,
     double-edged, drastic, drill hole, driving, ear-piercing,
     ear-rending, ear-splitting, earsplitting, earthshaking, edged,
     effective, empiercement, enthralling, entrancing, escharotic,
     excessive, excruciating, exorbitant, exquisite, extravagant,
     extreme, farseeing, farsighted, fascinating, fierce, fixing,
     forceful, forcible, foreseeing, foresighted, forethoughted,
     forethoughtful, forte, fortissimo, freezing, freezing cold, frigid,
     frosty, full, furious, gelid, glacial, gnawing, goring, grave,
     great, griping, gripping, gutsy, hard, harrowing, harsh, heartfelt,
     hibernal, hiemal, high, high-pitched, homefelt, howling, hurtful,
     hurting, hyperborean, ice-cold, ice-encrusted, icelike, icy,
     immoderate, impalement, imperative, impressive, incisive,
     inclement, indelible, intemperate, intense, irritating, keen,
     keening, knifelike, knifing, lancing, longheaded, longsighted,
     loud, loud-sounding, loudish, mordacious, mordant, nervous,
     nipping, nippy, nose-tickling, numbing, outrageous, painful,
     paroxysmal, pealing, penetrating, penetration, perceptive,
     percipient, perforation, perspicacious, perspicuous, pervading,
     pinching, piping, piquant, plangent, poignant, powerful, pricking,
     probing, profound, provident, punching, punchy, puncture,
     puncturing, pungent, racking, raw, reedy, reeking, resounding,
     rigorous, ringing, roaring, rough, sagacious, scathing, scorching,
     screaky, screaming, screeching, screechy, searching, sensational,
     severe, sharp, shooting, shrieking, shrieky, shrill, sinewed,
     sinewy, skewering, slashing, sleety, slushy, snappy, sonorous,
     sour, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spellbinding, splitting,
     squeaking, squeaky, stabbing, stentoraphonic, stentorian,
     stentorious, stinging, stone-cold, strident, striking, stringent,
     strong, subzero, supercooled, tart, telling, terebration,
     the sword, thin, thundering, thunderous, tonitruant, tonitruous,
     tormenting, torturous, tough, transfixation, transfixion,
     transforation, treble, trenchant, trepanning, trephining, ululant,
     unconscionable, understanding, vehement, venomous, vigorous,
     violent, virulent, vital, vitriolic, wailing, whining, whistling,
     window-rattling, winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry,

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