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pungent

[puhn-juh nt] /ˈpʌn dʒənt/
adjective
1.
sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.
2.
acutely distressing to the feelings or mind; poignant.
3.
caustic, biting, or sharply expressive:
pungent remarks.
4.
mentally stimulating or appealing:
pungent wit.
5.
Biology. piercing or sharp-pointed.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin pungent- (stem of pungēns), present participle of pungere to prick. See poignant, point, -ent
Related forms
pungency, noun
pungently, adverb
nonpungency, noun
nonpungent, adjective
nonpungently, adverb
Synonyms
1. hot, peppery, piquant, sharp. 3. sarcastic, mordant, cutting; acrimonious, bitter. 4. keen, sharp.
Antonyms
1. mild, bland. 3. soothing. 4. dull.
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British Dictionary definitions for pun-gently

pungent

/ˈpʌndʒənt/
adjective
1.
having an acrid smell or sharp bitter flavour
2.
(of wit, satire, etc) biting; caustic
3.
(biology) ending in a sharp point: a pungent leaf
Derived Forms
pungency, noun
pungently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pungens piercing, from pungere to prick
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Word Origin and History for pun-gently

pungent

adj.

1590s, "sharp, poignant" (of pain or grief), from Latin pungentem (nominative pungens), present participle of pungere "to prick, pierce, sting," figuratively, "to vex, grieve, trouble, afflict," related to pugnus "fist" (see pugnacious). Meaning "having powerful odor or taste" first recorded 1660s. Literal sense "sharp, pointed" (c.1600) is very rare in English, mostly limited to botany. Middle English and early Modern English also had a now-obsolete verb punge "to prick, pierce; to smart, cause to sting," from Latin pungere. Related: Pungently.

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