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ˈpʌn dʒəntpun·gent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pungent, acridadjective

    strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"

    "the acrid smell of burning rubber"

  2. barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordaciousadjective

    capable of wounding

    "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"


  1. pungentadjective

    Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.

    The lasagne included plenty of pungent garlic.

    Etymology: From pungens (stem ), present participle of pungo.

  2. pungentadjective

    Having a sharp and stiff point.

    The critic gave a pungent review.

    Etymology: From pungens (stem ), present participle of pungo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pungentverb

    causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice

  2. Pungentverb

    sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic; stinging

  3. Pungentverb

    prickly-pointed; hard and sharp

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pungent

    pun′jent, adj. sharp: pricking or acrid to taste or smell: keenly touching the mind: painful: keen: sarcastic.—ns. Pun′gency, Pun′gence.—adv. Pun′gently. [L. pungens, -entis, pr.p. of pungĕre, to prick.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pungent in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pungent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pungent in a Sentence

  1. Olga Guseva:

    One was holding the door, the other one with [ screams of profanities ] threw a bottle with a yellow liquid with a strong pungent chemical smell.

  2. Megan Huylo:

    This one I make for a lot of my clients who are looking for a cleanse or who want to start juicing just to get healthier, promote clearer skin, but they don’t want to drink something that is really loaded with pungent leafy greens.

  3. Robert Southey:

    If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

  4. Aurora Anaya-Cerda:

    Marigold flowers are used for Day of the Dead because of their pungent smell. It's supposed to attract the spirits back on this one day they are allowed to return to visit family and friend.

  5. Phyllis Omido:

    My son was sick but I was also not feeling good. Our eyes at the factory would be watering and the smell from the factory was pungent. It got me thinking about what they were producing there, after I quit, I noticed that people in the environment had the same issues and decided to get people tested.

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    • A. occlusive
    • B. omnifarious
    • C. arbitrary
    • D. ravening

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