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- 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.
- 1. He enjoyed the play's shrewd and pungent social analysis.
- 2. The taste is bitter and disagreeably pungent.
- 3. the pungent smell of burning rubber
- 4. The pungent, choking smell of sulphur filled the air.
- 5. This is the pungent and original argument.
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