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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.]
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- As pervasive as a raging fever —Anon
- (Democracy and freedom began) bouncing all over (the world) like bad checks —Ishmael Reed
- Cover like a cold sweat —Anon
- He’s everywhere … like the mist, like some foul fog —William Diehl
- He was all over him, like a cheap suit —Mark Shields
- Penetrate [as through a barrier of complacency] … like the slippage of a dentist’s drill through novacaine —Clare Nowell
- Pervading [a woman’s special magic] as a spilled perfume, irresistible and sweet —F. Scott Fitzgerald
- (Egotism that seemed to) saturate them as toys are saturated with paint —O. Henry
- (Allowed my thoughts to) sink in like a spoon in a pudding [in order to gain insight] —William H. Gass
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|Noun||1.||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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