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pervade Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb spread or diffuse through
    riddle; permeate; interpenetrate; penetrate; diffuse; imbue.
    • An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration
    • music penetrated the entire building
    • His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks

Per*vade" transitive verb
L. pervadere, pervasum; per + vadere to go, to walk. See Per-, and Wade.
imperfect & past participle Pervaded; present participle & verbal noun Pervading
  1. To pass or flow through, as an aperture, pore, or interstice; to permeate.
    That labyrinth is easily pervaded. Blackstone.
  2. To pass or spread through the whole extent of; to be diffused throughout.
    A spirit of cabal, intrigue, and proselytism pervaded all their thoughts, words, and actions. Burke.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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