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piercingadjective

uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpɪr.sɪŋ/
going through or into something: Troops have been issued with new armour-piercing anti-tank grenades.
very cold, or making you feel very cold: We shivered in the piercing wind.
(of a sound) high, loud, and unpleasant: piercing screams
a piercing criticism, question, remark, etc.
a criticism, question, remark, etc. that is unpleasant or uncomfortable because it is expressed strongly, or it makes you think about or discuss something that you would prefer not to: She hadn't really meant to lie, but their piercing questions had forced her to.
piercing eyes, look, gaze, etc.
used to describe the fact of a person looking very carefully at someone or something, especially when they are trying to discover something, often making people feel uncomfortable: Sherlock Holmes gave him a piercing glance. He looked straight at me with his piercing blue eyes.
piercingly
adverb uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ.li/  us   /ˈpɪr.sɪŋ.li/

piercingnoun

uk   /ˈpɪə.sɪŋ/  us   /ˈpɪr.sɪŋ/
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"piercing" in American English

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piercingadjective

 us   /ˈpɪər·sɪŋ/
feeling or seeming very sharp or powerful: He had piercing blue eyes. She let out a piercing (= loud) shriek.
(Definition of piercing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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