Definition of pungent in English:

pungent

adjective

  • 1Having a sharply strong taste or smell.

    ‘the pungent smell of frying onions’
    • ‘A pungent odour can be smelt far from the factory and the hill facing the chimney is bare.’
    • ‘A dark figure leant over him, and something with a strong, pungent smell was thrust into his face.’
    • ‘After four days, the beer however deteriorates and develops a vinegary and pungent smell and taste.’
    • ‘Raw ginger has a refreshing smell and a pungent taste that most people like.’
    • ‘The air possessed a pungent, acrid smell because the cigarette had burned through a filter stub in the overflowing ashtray.’
    • ‘Stepping out of the wooden portals, your nostrils are assailed by the pungent smell of leaf-wrapped dosai.’
    • ‘It's still warm and the pungent, cloying, smell of incinerated tree still fills the air, 36 hours on.’
    • ‘Nothing but the stench of fear to show for his presence, a pungent lingering smell that slides down the back of your throat like tar.’
    • ‘The pungent smell of burnt wood and a powerful odor of sweat saturated the very walls of the shop.’
    • ‘Most of the world's humans are accustomed to the pungent smell of body odor.’
    • ‘The next thing was a pungent smell of burning plastic.’
    • ‘In all copious amounts of alcohol are consumed and the pungent smell of marijuana wafts through the air.’
    • ‘Alison could see the yellowish stained teeth and the pungent smell of cigars and liquor was in his breath from a bar most likely.’
    • ‘Wandering among the ruins, there was the distinctive, pungent smell of death, as many bodies have yet to be discovered.’
    • ‘If we just could get rid of the quite pungent smell of a sheep stable even after a good scrub it would be perfect.’
    • ‘It's in what was once the spice area, known for its pungent and exotic smells.’
    • ‘The pungent smell of petrol at service stations will soon be a thing of the past under government plans to force retailers to cut cancer-causing fumes.’
    • ‘He awoke again with a start to the pungent smell of burning silicon wafting in the air.’
    • ‘However, in our laboratory a strong pungent smell had been noticed in the morning, after overnight sterilization.’
    • ‘Mixed with the pungent smell of hay, I shall never forget it, ever!’
    strong, powerful, pervasive, penetrating, suffocating, stifling
    sour, acid, biting, bitter, tart, vinegary, tangy
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    1. 1.1 (of comment, criticism, or humor) having a sharp and caustic quality.
      • ‘His criticism could be pungent, he rarely praised, but instilled respect for the language he loved.’
      • ‘Mencken was a controversial satirical journalist and pungent critic of American life.’
      • ‘Enjoying stardom while shrewdly aware of its unreality, she was accessible, loyal, generous, with a pungent sense of humour.’
      • ‘Bambooque's criticism is sharp and pungent, but without being limited to the leader.’
      • ‘The Duke of Norfolk, in the next row, offered pungent comments about one or two of them.’
      • ‘He was a pungent, if inevitably covert, critic of Nazism, a discerning analyst of the ills of our age and our best hope of a cure for them.’
      • ‘Fortunately his blog is still there to read and enjoy his sardonic, pungent wit - although it does seem to be growing mold.’
      • ‘She has some pungent comments about the spineless response to terrorism.’
      • ‘The frescoes show his racy handling of narrative and his pungent characterization.’
      caustic, biting, trenchant, cutting, acerbic, sardonic, sarcastic, scathing, acrimonious, pointed, barbed, acid, sharp, keen, tart, stinging, astringent, incisive, devastating, piercing, penetrating, rapier-like, razor-edged, critical, bitter, polemic, virulent, vitriolic, venomous, waspish, corrosive, mordant, stringent
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘very painful or distressing’): from Latin pungent- ‘pricking’, from the verb pungere.

Pronunciation

pungent

/ˈpənjənt//ˈpəndʒənt/