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Synonyms for pungent
ˈpʌn dʒəntpun·gent

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. pungent

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

    Antonyms:
    soothing, mellow, luscious, unctuous

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 2 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words5.0 / 1 vote

  1. pungentadjective

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "pungent":

    spicy

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How to use pungent in a sentence?

  1. Jamie Jordan:

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

  2. Louis Aragon:

    Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.

  3. 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.

  4. Chinese Proverb:

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

  5. 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.


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