Definition of pungent in English:

pungent

Syllabification: pun·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈpənjənt
 
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adjective

1Having a sharply strong taste or smell: the pungent smell of frying onions
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  • Raw ginger has a refreshing smell and a pungent taste that most people like.
  • However, in our laboratory a strong pungent smell had been noticed in the morning, after overnight sterilization.
  • After four days, the beer however deteriorates and develops a vinegary and pungent smell and taste.
Synonyms
strong, powerful, pervasive, penetrating; sharp, acid, sour, biting, bitter, tart, vinegary, tangy; highly flavored, aromatic, spicy, piquant, peppery, hot
1.1(Of comment, criticism, or humor) having a sharp and caustic quality.
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  • Bambooque's criticism is sharp and pungent, but without being limited to the leader.
  • The Duke of Norfolk, in the next row, offered pungent comments about one or two of them.
  • She has some pungent comments about the spineless response to terrorism.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

pungency

Pronunciation: /ˈpənjənsē/
noun
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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).

pungently

adverb
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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.

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