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We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
  existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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pervasive pervades pervade pervading pervaded pervasiveness pervasively pervasion
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  • We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
  • It is a country where corruption pervades their government at every level.
  • They were in the woods. He could tell by the smell of pine resin in the trees and the sound of pine needles crunching underfoot. Also, there was the powerful, extremely pervasive scent of raccoon.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • But this time he fit right in and felt the happiness that pervaded the memory.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver

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  • He felt their presence all about the house, pervading the air with the shades and echoes of still vibrant emotions.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It seemed to them as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence, pervading the air about them and menacing them with all kinds of dangers.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Pervading everything was the odor of pine and fermenting fruit.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A powerful and delicious smell of cooking pervaded the corridors,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • At last, one morning, the propeller was quiet, and the Narwhal was pervaded with an atmosphere of excitement.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild

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  • A suffocating odour pervaded the prison!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • She raised the lids on two other pots, but still the odor of the onions, pepper, and garlic pervaded the room.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Because there are hundreds of lines like this and more hundreds of half lines and phrases, the very medium of Homer is pervaded by lyric quality.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ...our distaste for the city grew and grew and became a sweeping, pervading hatred.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Was it any wonder that within a few hours the wild rejoicing ceased and a feeling of deep gloom seemed to pervade the slave quarters?
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • His breath went away, like the ball—a terrible stillness pervaded him—and then, at the onset of panic, his breath came back again.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • pervasive and acrid as the dead smell after a forest fire
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ...a light laughter at once pervaded the assembly;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • The smell of oil, stifling in its intensity, pervaded the air.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • "Maybe it’s best this way," Cesar said to Lucky while trying to find something to say to fill the awkward silence that pervaded the wait for news of their disposition.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The smell is fiendish, and it pervades the entire dwelling.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • A foul, rotten taste pervades my mouth, and the water has little effect on it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • This thought pervades all German literature
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Though she’d already gotten used to the pervasive camp smell, a cloudy musk that seemed to hang over everything, a mix of sweat and fear and sickness and the ever-present smoke that stained the sky,
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • He believed that since decay, vice, filth, and disorder were pervasive, they must be in the Nature of Things.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The cause of the pervasive pessimism of Mesopoitamian thought lay partly in the precariousness of life in the city-states,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The hardship is so pervasive, so inescapable, so thorough it’s a noose around my chest and I cannot move anymore.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • An essential feature of this disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of self-image, interpersonal relationships, and mood, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • a pervading reek of camphor.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Jane Austen pervades every word that she wrote, and so does Shakespeare.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • The pain is all consuming, so pervasive it feels as if I’ve never been without it.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • While we are thus unconstrained in our private business, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for the authorities and for the laws, having a particular regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • There’s this new neediness—it pervades everything."
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I couldn’t square my grandfather’s idyllic stories with this nightmare house, nor the idea that he’d found refuge here with the sense of disaster that pervaded it.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • At Smith College the pervasive obsession with food was expressed at candlelight dinners and at Friday-afternoon faculty teas; in Danbury it was via microwave cooking and stolen food.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • An overpowering stench of burnt flesh and clothing began pervading the witness room.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Their overripe sweetness now pervaded the air with each breath of wind.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • In the Northern, Eastern and Western states, African Americans often faced discrimination, but it was not as extreme and pervasive as in the South.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • We stood in our damp clothing, stiffened from sweat and ground-in dirt, scratching our scabbed heads (from lice on the ship, as pervasive as seasickness), our feet blistering in the new shoes Gram had bought before we left but Mam didn’t let us wear until we walked on American soil—and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The acrid smoke and its pervasive smell made me sick to my stomach.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Federal investigators determined that Arpaio’s organization had "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos" that "reaches the highest levels of the agency."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I remember that moment with crystal clarity and I comprehend it as a turning point in my life: a moment terrible in its illumination of a toad in my soul, an ugliness so pervasive that it seemed my insides were vomit.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • One thing seems certain, and that is that there was a great deal of unresolved guilt and hatred pervading that sad home.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Even in the daytime it seems dark; and at night, when the lights are on, this darkness pervades everything, like a fog.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • It was considerably more picturesque now, what with the pigs rooting under the walls of the keep and the pervasive smell of raw sewage.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Though I was aching and chilled with fever again, I walked for ten blocks or so, still trying to work the hum and lightness out of my legs, the pervasive vibration of the bus.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Only the dark and her sobs and the pervasive smell of her perfume.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Their dignity had been obliterated, replaced with a pervasive sense of shame and worthlessness.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
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