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tr.v. per·vad·ed, per·vad·ing, per·vades
To be present throughout; permeate: The sweet scent of gardenias pervaded the house. A sense of fear and mistrust pervades the novel. See Synonyms at imbue.

[Latin pervādere : per-, through; see per- + vādere, to go.]

per·vad′er n.
per·va′sion (-vā′zhən) n.
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formal omnipresent; felt everywhere. See also all
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Then let the summons be to those whose pervading principle is Love.
The story of 'Latzarillo' is gross in its facts, and is mostly "unmeet for ladies," like most of the fiction in all languages before our times; but there is an honest simplicity in the narration, a pervading humor, and a rich feeling for character that gives it value.
As you behold it, you involuntarily yield the immense superiority to him, in point of pervading dignity.
There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood- pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
If, on the contrary, there be but one government pervading all the States, there will be, as to the principal part of our commerce, but ONE SIDE to guard -- the ATLANTIC COAST.
Lawlessness is pervading our city OVER the last few years I have been appalled to read of attacks on NHS staff.
A brief summary of the reasons for the pervading feeling in Israel that there is a need to change the rules regarding Supreme Court activity - while respecting the centrality of the judiciary in the only Jewish - and democratic - state.
Though a skilled writer, Slavitt was a political novice, absolutely blindsided by the circus of insanity pervading state politics.
An American Tragedy, 2005, which incorporates a still of Shelley Winters about to fall from a boat rowed by Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun (1951), a film based on Theodore Dreiser's story of upward mobility, contributes to the mood of impending doom pervading this show of recent paintings.
Theorists describe dark energy as a "fluid' pervading space.
The stark impression of the in-situ concrete walls, with their precisely punched openings in the atrium walls, and the steel and glass surfaces of the large-scale lighting elements enhance the pervading impression of disciplined geometry.