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  • adv. In a piercing manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a piercing manner; with penetrating force or effect; sharply.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. extremely and sharply
  • adv. in a shrill voice


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  • But even as it dropped, before Longstreth could leap, as he surely intended, for the gun, Duane covered him, called piercingly to him:

    The Lone Star Ranger

  • Yet he is still a great writer, and "Dancing at Lughnasa" is as piercingly, permanently enthralling as ever.

    The Not-So-Small World of Brian Friel

  • What's comical at one moment may suddenly morph into something rueful, farcical, piercingly painful or inexplicably graceful.

    'Descendants' Has the Genes of a Classic

  • In fact everything in that letter is important; or rather, it has become important by its being written down, has become so piercingly important, even if only to me, that the scrapbook that letter is in, along with my mother's Christmas book, are things I'd walk into a burning house to rescue.

    My mother's notebook of Christmas past

  • It's altogether superior to Oliver Stone's hollow Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and in the same class as Charles Ferguson's revealing, piercingly intelligent documentary Inside Job.

    Margin Call – review

  • El-Erian piercingly dubbed the $2 trillion "a form of self insurance in an uncertain world," insurance against a double-dip that El-Erian put at a 30% likelihood.

    The New World Order Of Global Markets

  • Such somber fare -- in which the actor stares piercingly at the camera and recites famous lines spoken or written by the historical figure he's playing -- rules most historical documentary now.

    PBS's calm and evenhanded 'God in America'

  • And in Max Ophüls's masterly "Caught" 1949, Ryan is a terrifyingly narcissistic, piercingly lonely control freak who marries to spite his psychiatrist.

    Hollywood's Heroic Villain

  • On another hill stood a piercingly white 70-foot statue: Mother Georgia forlornly watching over her sleeping city, a bowl of wine in one hand for her guests, and a sword in the other for her enemies.

    Rick Steves: Georgia: The Ultimate European Back Door

  • Alive with all the sensual detail and riveting characterization that mark Glass’s previous work, I See You Everywhere is a piercingly candid story of life and death, companionship and sorrow, and the nature of sisterhood itself.

    I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass: Book summary


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