Definition of pungent in English:


Syllabification: pun·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈpənjənt




Pronunciation: /ˈpənjənsē/
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  • Bush tomatoes have an intense, earthy-tomato and caramel flavor of great piquancy and pungency.
  • The oils have the pepper aroma and flavour but lack pungency.
  • Such levels of spices can be comfortably consumed in the regular diet, except when their consumption is limited by the pungency (red pepper) or strong odour (garlic).


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  • Horses, on the other hand, gave off less offensive odours; harnessed to a mowing machine or harvester, in the heat of an autumn day, they emitted a sweaty smell and pungently broke wind.
  • Hepungently assesses the disgusting abdication of moral responsibility being displayed by Europe over the race to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • There is a whiff of conspiracy in the air and it reeks pungently of Chardonnay glugging down the plug hole and just a dash of carpet-trampled kettle chips.


late 16th century (in the sense 'very painful or distressing'): from Latin pungent- 'pricking', from the verb pungere.

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