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Definition existing throughout something; or generally widespread
  • We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
  • It is a country where corruption pervades their government at every level.
  • pervades = is spread throughout
  • A powerful and delicious smell of cooking pervaded the corridors,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • pervaded = spread or filled
  • A suffocating odour pervaded the prison!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • pervaded = filled
  • 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
  • pervading = filling
  • The smell is fiendish, and it pervades the entire dwelling.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • pervades = is spread throughout
  • But this time he fit right in and felt the happiness that pervaded the memory.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • pervaded = existed throughout
  • 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 = filling (spreading through)
  • and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • pervading = filling
  • 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
  • pervaded = filled
  • Pervading everything was the odor of pine and fermenting fruit.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • pervading = throughout (filling)
  • A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • pervade = spread throughout
  • Their overripe sweetness now pervaded the air with each breath of wind.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • pervaded = filled
  • The smell of oil, stifling in its intensity, pervaded the air.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • pervaded = filled
  • a pervading reek of camphor.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • pervading = spreading
  • ...our distaste for the city grew and grew and became a sweeping, pervading hatred.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • pervading = existing throughout something
  • This thought pervades all German literature
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • pervades = is spread throughout
  • He believed that since decay, vice, filth, and disorder were pervasive, they must be in the Nature of Things.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • pervasive = existing everywhere
  • The hardship is so pervasive, so inescapable, so thorough it's a noose around my chest and I cannot move anymore.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • pervasive = present all around (widespread)
  • Jane Austen pervades every word that she wrote, and so does Shakespeare.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
pervades = exists throughout

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