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 (pē′kənt, -känt′, pē-känt′)
1. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
2. Appealingly provocative; charming: a piquant wit; a piquant face.
3. Causing hurt feelings; stinging: "people with equally piquant opinions about obesity, appearance and American doublespeak about weight" (Virginia Heffernan).

[French, from Old French, present participle of piquer, to prick; see pique.]

pi′quan·cy, pi′quant·ness n.
pi′quant·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piquantness - a tart spicy qualitypiquantness - a tart spicy quality      
spicery, spiciness, spice - the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored
2.piquantness - the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
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He likes this salad a lot; I don't like bleu cheese dressing, so while I appreciate the freshness, I can't say much for the piquantness of the topping.