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.
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 — «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

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  • 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 …   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

  • pungent — pun·gent …   English syllables

  • pungently — pun·gent·ly …   English syllables

  • 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

  • pungent — pun•gent [[t]ˈpʌn dʒənt[/t]] adj. 1) sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid 2) caustic or sharply expressive: pungent remarks[/ex] 3) incisive; mordant: pungent wit[/ex] 4) acutely distressing; …   From formal English to slang

  • pungent — pun|gent Mot Agut Adjectiu invariable …   Diccionari Català-Català

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