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Definition of pungent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pungent

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌndʒənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌndʒənt//
     
    Taste of food
     
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  1. 1having a strong taste or smell the pungent smell of burning rubber The air was pungent with the smell of spices. The marinade is more pungent than soy sauce. Synonymsbitterpungent sour acrid sharp acidThese words all describe a strong, unpleasant taste or smell.bitter (of a taste or smell) strong and usually unpleasant; (of food or drink) having a bitter taste.pungent (of a smell or taste) strong and usually unpleasant; (of food or smoke) having a pungent smell or taste:the pungent smell of burning rubbersour (of a taste) bitter like the taste of a lemon or of fruit that is not ripe; (of food or drink) having a sour taste:Too much pulp produces a sour wine.acrid (of a smell or taste) strong and unpleasant; (of smoke) having an acrid smell:acrid smoke from burning tyressharp (of a taste or smell) strong and slightly bitter; (of food or drink) having a sharp taste:The cheese has a distinctively sharp taste.acid (of a taste or smell) bitter, like the taste of a lemon or of fruit that is not ripe; (of food or drink) having an acid taste.which word? A bitter taste is usually unpleasant, but some people enjoy the bitter flavour of coffee or chocolate. No other word can describe this flavour. A sharp or pungent flavour is more strong than unpleasant, especially when describing cheese. Sharp, sour and acid all describe the taste of a lemon or a fruit that is not ripe. An acrid smell is strong and unpleasant, especially the smell of smoke or burning, but not the smell of food.Patterns a(n) bitter/​pungent/​sour/​acrid/​sharp/​acid taste/​flavour a(n) bitter/​pungent/​acrid/​sharp/​acid smell/​odour a(n) bitter/​sour/​sharp/​acid fruit pungent/​sharp cheese pungent/​acrid smoke Wordfinderbitter, bland, hot, pungent, savoury, sour, spicy, sweet, tart, taste See related entries: Taste of food
  2. 2direct and having a strong effect pungent criticism
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘very painful or distressing’): from Latin pungent- ‘pricking’, from the verb pungere.
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