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 (pər-vā′sĭv, -zĭv)
Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate: the pervasive odor of garlic.

[From Latin pervāsus, past participle of pervādere, to pervade; see pervade.]

per·va′sive·ly adv.
per·va′sive·ness n.
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  1. As pervasive as a raging fever —Anon
  2. (Democracy and freedom began) bouncing all over (the world) like bad checks —Ishmael Reed
  3. Cover like a cold sweat —Anon
  4. He’s everywhere … like the mist, like some foul fog —William Diehl
  5. He was all over him, like a cheap suit —Mark Shields
  6. Penetrate [as through a barrier of complacency] … like the slippage of a dentist’s drill through novacaine —Clare Nowell
  7. Pervading [a woman’s special magic] as a spilled perfume, irresistible and sweet —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. (Egotism that seemed to) saturate them as toys are saturated with paint —O. Henry
  9. (Allowed my thoughts to) sink in like a spoon in a pudding [in order to gain insight] —William H. Gass
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pervasiveness - the quality of filling or spreading throughout; "the pervasiveness of the odor of cabbage in tenement hallways"
generality - the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
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n (of smell etc)durchdringender Charakter; (of influence, feeling, ideas)um sich greifender Charakter
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