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adjective  /ˈpen·ɪˌtreɪ·t̬ɪŋ/ us  

penetrating adjective (SHARP)

very loud: I heard a penetrating scream. Someone with penetrating eyes or a penetrating gaze seems able to understand or know you just by looking at you.

penetrating adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

showing a very good understanding: a penetrating critique penetrating observations
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