Definitions for: Pungent


[adj] sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell; "tasting the pungent wood sorrel"; "pungent curry"; "a pungent smell of burning sulfur"
[adj] capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pun"gent, a. [L. pungens, -entis, p. pr. of pungere,
punctum, to prick. Cf. Compunction, Expunge, Poignant,
Point, n., Puncheon, Punctilio, Punt, v. t.]
1. Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or
feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice.

Pungent radish biting infant's tongue. --Shenstone.

The pungent grains of titillating dust. --Pope.

2. Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic;
stinging.

With pungent pains on every side. --Swift.

His pungent pen played its part in rousing the
nation. --J. R. Green.

3. (Bot.) Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.

Syn: Acrid; piercing; sharp; penetrating; acute; keen;
acrimonious; biting; stinging.

Synonyms: acrid, alliaceous, barbed, biting, garlicky, gingery, hot, mordacious, nipping, peppery, sarcastic, spicy

Antonyms: bland

See Also: tasteful

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