pungency


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pun·gent

 (pŭn′jənt)
adj.
1. Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation.
2.
a. Penetrating, biting, or caustic: pungent satire.
b. To the point; sharp: pungent talks during which the major issues were confronted.
3. Pointed: a pungent leaf.

[Latin pungēns, pungent-, present participle of pungere, to sting; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

pun′gen·cy n.
pun′gent·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pungency - wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire"
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
2.pungency - a strong odor or taste propertypungency - a strong odor or taste property; "the pungency of mustard"; "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange spices"; "the raciness of the wine"
spicery, spiciness, spice - the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
Translations

pungency

[ˈpʌndʒənsɪ] N [of smell, flavour] → acritud f; [of remark] → mordacidad f

pungency

n (lit, fig)Schärfe f

pungency

[ˈpʌndʒnsɪ] n (see adj) → asprezza, acredine f, sapore m piccante, causticità
References in classic literature ?
It was a most tedious business, not more than half a dozen shoots of garlic being discoverable in the whole field; yet such was the herb's pungency that probably one bite of it by one cow had been sufficient to season the whole dairy's produce for the day.
However this may discredit such persons with the judicious, it helps them with the people, as it gives heat, pungency, and publicity to their words.
Hence the virtue and pungency of the influence on the mind of natural objects, whether inorganic or organized.
The pungency of ammonia bit her nostrils, wafted to her from the soaked sponge wherefrom he breathed the fiery fumes that cleared his brain.
The day was stifling; and this transition from the pitiless, visible heat of the parched fields to the cool gloom, heavy with pungency of cedars and vocal with twittering of the birds that had been driven to its leafy asylum, was exquisitely refreshing.
She further said that the special focus will be on Balochistan where the percentage of pungency against the identified beneficiaries is highest.
The Asda Sweet Red has "lower pungency levels", meaning the flavour is less overpowering, fewer tears are shed when chopping and the odour will not linger on the breath as long as a regular onion.
This quotation is a perfect example of the pungency of each page, striking to the core of a child's definition of books.
It echoed the times of Dickens and was bathed in the smells and scents of bygone cats, drunks, a soupcon of soot from the heavy fogs (not yet known as smogs) and the pervasive pungency of cigarette and pipe tobaccos.
The pungency of the oil offsets the fresh bitterness of the olives.
An esteemed panel of eighteen international judges evaluated 450 oils in a blind tasting rating each oil's fruitiness, pungency and bitterness and noting any defects that are not allowed in extra virgin olive oil by law.
Chilean Red Wine Cazuela with olives, tomatoes, chillies and garlic has a medium pungency while Brazilian Tamarind, Chilli and Nut Fruta is hot.