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Definition having an agreeably pungent or spicy taste


engagingly stimulating or provocative
  • It is a hard cheese with piquant taste and rich flavor.
  • She has a piquant wit.
  • They may be piquant enough at times.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • He found a certain piquancy in the reflection that neither Cortot nor Pachmann had been so fortunate.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Fresh scandals have eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the gossips away from this four-year-old drama.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • 'May you do well,' said the guide with her piquant smile.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • There were much glare and glitter and piquancy and phantasm—much of what has been since seen in "Hernani."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • Besides, here is a piquant FRICANDEAU and a fillet of beef.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The Little Theaters, which were to give piquancy to American drama three or four years later, were only in embryo.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Clyde noted that a small, dark girl dressed in pink with a pretty and yet saucy and piquant face, nodded to him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • 'That's just what gives it piquancy.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • She had a round, sly, piquant face and pretty black eyes.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Besides, the eccentricity of the proceeding was piquant: I felt interested to see how he would go on.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • So Liddy's idea was at first rather harassing than piquant.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Often a drop of irony into an indifferent situation renders the whole piquant.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Rebecca used to mimic her to her face with the most admirable gravity, thereby rendering the imitation doubly piquant to her worthy patroness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Ah, you should see me Sundays!" she said piquantly.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • There was something so piquant and original in these elucidations of humanity, that Mr. Shelby could not help laughing in company.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • What gave the marriage piquancy was that it was preceded by an elopement, and this greatly captivated Adelaida Ivanovna's fancy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • They were pretty in the main, some even handsome, with an air of independence and indifference which added, in the case of the more favored, a certain piquancy.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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