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Definition strong smelling or tasting

or much more rarely: anything sharp, painful, or penetrating — physically or emotionally

Although generally used for taste or smell, pungent can also reference a sharp, biting comment. In biology, it can reference an organism with a sharp point — especially one that might be capable of injuring someone.
  • It's the pungent odor of oregano.
pungent = strong
  • She described bitter as an unpleasant taste that is sharp and pungent.
  • pungent = strong
  • She was arranging pungent roses.
  • pungent = strong smelling
  • She writes with pungent satire.
  • pungent = sharp or biting
  • Her pungent opinions are clearly stated.
  • pungent = penetrating
  • There's a pungent odor coming from my gym bag.
  • pungent = strong
  • The doctor is now standing beside Lale, emitting a pungent smell of disinfectant.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • pungent = strong
  • Pushing pungent myrtle from their faces, they walked to the tiny inlet.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • pungent = strong smelling
  • No locker room could have more pungent air than Devon's; sweat predominated, but it was richly mingled with smells of paraffin and singed rubber, of soaked wool and liniment, and for those who could interpret it, of exhaustion, lost hope and triumph and bodies battling against each other.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • pungent = strong smelling
  • He used flowery language like .... well, like every sentence was a pungent bouquet of metaphors.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • pungent = powerful
  • She had been stripped of her clothes, and something warm and pungent was gently being rubbed into her body.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • pungent = strong smelling
  • The soap has a pungent mediciny smell.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • pungent = strong smelling
  • The size, the quick movements, the pungent odor, the hissing breath...
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • pungent = strong
  • The sensation was like being touched in the marrow with some pungent and searching acid, it set my very teeth on edge.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • pungent = sharp and painful
  • I smelled tobacco on him and alcohol, sweet and pungent.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • pungent = powerful smelling
  • It was a Sunday in October, the air cool and pungent with dying things.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • pungent = strong smelling
  • What she loved best was to rub the leaves of the tomato plant between her fingers and breathe in their pungent, powdery smell.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • pungent = strong
  • There was another smell, outside, something burning, a pungent fragrance that was half sweet and half bitter.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • pungent = powerful
  • A sudden breeze carried a familiar, pungent smell.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • pungent = strong
  • Eucalyptus blossom blew into the house, coating everything white, and the wind carried the pungent smell of the rice fields.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
pungent = strong

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