Definition of Pungent

1. Adjective. Strong and sharp. "The acrid smell of burning rubber"

Exact synonyms: Acrid
Similar to: Tasty
Derivative terms: Pungency



2. Adjective. Capable of wounding. "Pungent satire"
Exact synonyms: Barbed, Biting, Mordacious, Nipping
Similar to: Sarcastic
Derivative terms: Pungency

Definition of Pungent

1. a. Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice.

Definition of Pungent

1. Adjective. Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances. ¹

2. Adjective. Having a sharp and stiff point. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pungent

1. sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pungent

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pundits
pundle
pundles
pundonor
punese
puneses
pung
punga
pungapung
pungas
pungence
pungences
pungencies
pungency
pungent (current term)
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pungies
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pungled
pungles
pungling
pungs
pungwe
pungwes
pungy
punicic
punicic acid
punier
punies

Literary usage of Pungent

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1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1883)
"pungent Liniment of Iodine.—Some specimens of iodine liniment when applied to the skin emit an exceedingly pungent irritating vapour. ..."

2. Aristotle by George Grote (1872)
"It is these pungent arguments that most effectually stimulate the mind to ... The most pungent of all is, where the syllogistic premisses are highly ..."

3. China and the Chinese: A General Description of the Country and Its by John Livingston Nevius (1869)
"Comparative Absence of pungent Convictions of Sin in Chinese Converts, ... This was the general absence of those pungent convictions of sin which so ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"On page 221 of the same book the author writes : As the raccoons crept along behind the woodshed they smelt traces of a sickly pungent odour, and knew that ..."

5. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"So pungent is the aroma, so hot the colour, so loaded the design, so marked the melodies, that we long even for the wilding charm of weaker singers. ..."

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