pun´gent|ness

pun|gent «PUHN juhnt», adjective.
1. sharply affecting the organs of taste and smell: »

a pungent pickle, the pungent smell of burning leaves.

SYNONYM(S): piquant, spicy.
2. Figurative. sharp; biting: »

pungent criticism.

SYNONYM(S): caustic.
3. Figurative. stimulating to the mind; keen; lively: »

a pungent wit.

SYNONYM(S): poignant.
4. Biology. piercing; sharp-pointed.
[< Latin pungēns, -entis, present participle of pungere to prick, pierce]
pun´gent|ly, adverb.
pun´gent|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pun´gent|ly — pun|gent «PUHN juhnt», adjective. 1. sharply affecting the organs of taste and smell: »a pungent pickle, the pungent smell of burning leaves. SYNONYM(S): piquant, spicy. 2. Figurative. sharp; biting: »pungent criticism. SYNONYM(S): caustic …   Useful english dictionary

  • pun|gent — «PUHN juhnt», adjective. 1. sharply affecting the organs of taste and smell: »a pungent pickle, the pungent smell of burning leaves. SYNONYM(S): piquant, spicy. 2. Figurative. sharp; biting: »pungent criticism. SYNONYM(S): caustic …   Useful english dictionary

  • pun·gent — …   Useful english dictionary

  • gent — apha·ryn·gent; as·sur·gent; at·tin·gent; co·gent; con·sper·gent; con·strin·gent; con·tin·gent·ly; con·ver·gent; cor·ri·gent; dil·i·gent; dil·i·gent·ly; dil·i·gent·ness; di·ver·gent; di·ver·gent·ly; ef·ful·gent; emer·gent·ist; emer·gent·ness;… …   English syllables

  • pun — cho·pun·nish; con·tra·pun·tal; con·tra·pun·tal·ist; con·tra·pun·tist; con·tra·pun·to; es·pun·dia; moor·pun·ky; pun·chi·nel·lo; pun·dit; pun·dit·ic; pun·dit·ry; pun·do·nor; pun·ga·pung; pun·gence; pun·gen·cy; pun·gent·ly; pun·gi; pun·gle;… …   English syllables

  • ness — ness·ber·ry; ness·ler·iza·tion; ness·ler·ize; ness·ler s; new·fan·gled·ness; new·ness; news·i·ness; nice·ness; nig·gard·li·ness; nig·gard·ness; nigh·ness; nip·pi·ness; no·ble·ness; nois·i·ness; non·cha·lant·ness; north·er·li·ness; north·ness;… …   English syllables

  • pun´ish|a|ble|ness — pun|ish|a|ble «PUHN ih shuh buhl», adjective. 1. liable to punishment: »a punishable criminal. 2. deserving punishment: »One critic requested that the reading of American Wild West stories be made a punishable offense (Newsweek).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pun|ish|a|ble — «PUHN ih shuh buhl», adjective. 1. liable to punishment: »a punishable criminal. 2. deserving punishment: »One critic requested that the reading of American Wild West stories be made a punishable offense (Newsweek). –pun´ish|a|ble|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • ex´e|cra|ble|ness — ex|e|cra|ble «EHK suh kruh buhl», adjective. 1. abominable; detestable: »an execrable villain. SYNONYM(S): damnable, accursed. 2. of wretched quality: »an execrable pun. Her French had always been execrable (Atlantic). –ex´e|cra| …   Useful english dictionary

  • pungent — pun|gent [ pʌndʒənt ] adjective 1. ) a pungent taste or smell is very strong and sharp 2. ) pungent comments or remarks criticize something in a direct and effective way ╾ pun|gen|cy noun uncount ╾ pun|gent|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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