- 1Having a sharply strong taste or smell: the pungent smell of frying onionsMore example sentences
strong, powerful, pervasive, penetrating, suffocating, stifling; sharp, acrid, acid, sour, biting, stinging, burning, smarting, irritating; nauseating, nauseous, sickly, offensive, astringent, bitter, fetid, cloying• literary mephiticsour, acid, biting, bitter, tart, vinegary, tangy; highly flavoured, aromatic, spicy, spiced, piquant, peppery, hot, fiery
- 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.
- 1.1(Of comment, criticism, or humour) having a sharp and caustic quality: he has expressed some fairly pungent criticismsMore example sentences
caustic, biting, trenchant, cutting, acerbic, sardonic, sarcastic, scathing, acrimonious, pointed, barbed, acid, sharp, keen, tart, stinging, astringent, incisive, devastating, piercing, penetrating, rapier-like, razor-edged, critical, bitter, polemic, virulent, vitriolic, venomous, waspish, corrosive, mordant, stringent• rare acidulous, mordacious
- 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.
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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.