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Synonyms for pungent
ˈpʌn dʒəntpun·gent

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pungent

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, bitter, caustic, cutting, harsh, irate, savage, sharp, sour, stinging, tart, vinegarish, virulent

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pungent

    Synonyms:
    pricking, piercing, acrid, mordant, biting, stinging, stimulating, keen, trenchant, caustic, piquant, sarcastic

    Antonyms:
    soothing, mellow, luscious, unctuous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pungent, acridadjective

    strong and sharp;"the pungent taste of radishes"

    "the acrid smell of burning rubber"

    Synonyms:
    caustic, mordacious, acrid, vitriolic, acid, barbed, sulphurous, biting, bitter, virulent, blistering, acerbic, sulfurous, acerb, nipping

    Antonyms:
    unsarcastic, tasteless

  2. barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordaciousadjective

    capable of wounding

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

    Synonyms:
    briary, nipping, prickly, barbed, setose, mordacious, snappy, crisp, burred, nippy, bristly, barbellate, setaceous, briery, thorny, acrid, burry, biting, bitter, spiny, bristled, frosty

    Antonyms:
    unsarcastic, tasteless

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pungentadjective

    Synonyms:
    stinging, stimulating, pricking, sharp, biting, burning, hot, peppery, piercing, penetrating, piquant, acrid, caustic

  2. pungentadjective

    Synonyms:
    acute, keen, acrimonious, severe, distressing, poignant

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pungentadjective

    Synonyms:
    pricking, stinging, poignant, sharp, excruciating, severe

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  1. List of paraphrases for "pungent":

    spicy

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How to use 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. 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.

  3. Chinese Proverb:

    Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.

  4. Jamie Jordan:

    They have a very organic, very pungent and clay-like smell.

  5. 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.


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