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piquancy

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːk(ə)nsi
 
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Definition of piquancy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A pleasantly sharp and appetizing flavour; spiciness: the tangy soy dip gave them a slightly Asian piquancy
More example sentences
  • The salsa, which I expected to give the rest of the ingredients a spicy kick up the backside, had no piquancy whatsoever.
  • Five splashes of Tabasco were added to each person's plate, increasing the piquancy of the already spicy chili.
  • The slightly spicy sauce with the lime butter piquancy certainly paid off with this dish.
Synonyms
informal zing, kick, punch
archaic relish
interest, fascination, excitement, vigour, vitality, liveliness, spirit, colour, sparkle, zest, spice, spiciness, sharpness, raciness, saltiness, provocativeness, bite, edge
informal zing, pizzazz
1.1The quality of being pleasantly stimulating or exciting; interest: the tragedy only adds piquancy to the tale
More example sentences
  • You should be feeling your way towards the level of piquancy you want.
  • Notice the purity of the opening, the piquancy of the birdcalls, the unfussy phrasing of the main theme.
  • That the latter two were innocent yet still condemned to take a fall adds piquancy to the tale.

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