1. strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes";
- Example: "the acrid smell of burning rubber"
[syn: pungent, acrid]
2. capable of wounding;
- Example: "a barbed compliment"
- Example: "a biting aphorism"
- Example: "pungent satire"
[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. [1913 Webster] Pungent radish biting infant's tongue. --Shenstone. [1913 Webster] The pungent grains of titillating dust. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic; stinging. [1913 Webster] With pungent pains on every side. --Swift. [1913 Webster] His pungent pen played its part in rousing the nation. --J. R. Green. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp. [1913 Webster] Syn: Acrid; piercing; sharp; penetrating; acute; keen; acrimonious; biting; stinging. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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