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.
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.
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.
Aside from its pungency, it is also prized for its very high aroma that connoisseurs usually look for.
MILCHILLI (jalapeho): These popular, medium-sized chile peppers have a mild pungency and are commonly picked and consumed while still green.
In the feature "Hold your nose" we look at the chemical nuances of garlic, which, besides its pungency, is notable for its sulphur-containing compounds that include diallyl sulphides, capable of thwarting such nasty food-borne pathogens as Campylobacter jejuni.
Islamabad -- Special Assistant to the PM on Political Affairs Asif Kirmani said that the remarks of Supreme Court judges given to Attorney General were so Pungency for us, while Supreme Court of Pakistan should consider about our reservations.
It's the oils in the seeds that give mustard its pungency.
They accord an element of pungency, take away the raw taste from meats and help in building the texture of grilled items.
That 'sweet-sour' put-down acquires greater pungency when we consider that it's possible that, when the last MMFF's total gross will be figured out and announced, it could be trumped by TSPG's solo take