[syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pungent \Pun"gent\, a. [L. pungens, -entis, p. pr. of pungere,
punctum, to prick. Cf. Compunction, Expunge, Poignant,
Point, n., Puncheon, Punctilio, Punt, v. t.]
1. Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or
feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice.
Pungent radish biting infant's tongue. --Shenstone.
The pungent grains of titillating dust. --Pope.
2. Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic;
With pungent pains on every side. --Swift.
His pungent pen played its part in rousing the
nation. --J. R. Green.
3. (Bot.) Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.
Syn: Acrid; piercing; sharp; penetrating; acute; keen;
acrimonious; biting; stinging.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"; "the
acrid smell of burning rubber" [syn: pungent, acrid]
2: capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting
aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting,
nipping, pungent, mordacious]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "pungent":
Attic, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acescent, acid, acrid,
acrimonious, acute, afflictive, agonizing, amaroidal, aphoristic,
aromatic, asperous, astringent, atrocious, axiomatic, barbed,
biting, bitter, bitter as gall, brilliant, caustic, clever, coarse,
consuming, crab, crabbed, cramping, crisp, cruel, cutting,
deafening, distressing, droll, dry, epigrammatic, escharotic,
exciting, excruciating, facetious, flavorful, formulaic,
formulistic, funny, gnawing, gnomic, grave, green, griping, hard,
harrowing, harsh, hot, humorous, humorsome, hurtful, hurting,
incisive, intense, irritating, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking,
joky, joshing, keen, keen-witted, lively, loud, mordant,
nimble-witted, nose-piercing, nose-tickling, oppressive, painful,
paroxysmal, penetrating, peppery, peppy, pickled, piercing,
piquant, pithy, platitudinous, poignant, pointed, proverbial,
provocative, quick-witted, racking, racy, rapier-like, reeking,
rich, rough, salt, salty, sapid, sarcastic, scathing,
scintillating, seasoned, sec, sententious, severe, sharp, shooting,
smart, snappy, sour, sour as vinegar, soured, sourish, sparkling,
spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spicy, spirited, sprightly,
stabbing, stern, stimulating, stinging, strong, strong-scented,
strong-smelling, succinct, suffocating, tangy, tart, tartish,
tasty, terse, thundering, tormenting, torturous, trenchant,
uninteresting, unripe, unsweet, unsweetened, upsetting, vinegarish,
vinegary, vitriolic, vivacious, whimsical, witty, zesty