pi·​quan·​cy | \ ˈpē-kən(t)-sē How to pronounce piquancy (audio) , ˈpi-kwən(t)-\

Definition of piquancy

: the quality or state of being piquant

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Synonyms & Antonyms for piquancy


nip, pungency, spice, tang, zest, zing



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Examples of piquancy in a Sentence

a talk show host known for the quickness and piquancy of his wit I appreciated the piquancy of the peppers in the sauce.

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Their natural piquancy lessens with exposure to heat. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Once again the impression that these people are at once real and fictional adds piquancy to the dialogue, which aims not to set forth verities but to pursue conjectures. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 There is an extra edge of farmyard piquancy to these cheeses made from the milk of sheep, which flourish in harsher terrains, that has a way of cutting through sauces with an alluring rustic swagger. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Cheese of the Month: In praise of Pecorino Romano, a sheep's milk cheese with swagger," 19 Feb. 2018 And, oh yes, Amy Staats, whose housebound character is more often heard than seen (through a speaker phone), adding an extra piquancy to the problems of communication. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A Master Class in Passive Aggression in ‘Miles for Mary’," 22 Jan. 2018 The tension between her ornery reserve and his penchant for wearing his heart on his sleeve gives this memoir an unusual piquancy. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "Sherman Alexie’s terrific book is the latest entry in a burgeoning genre: memoirs of moms.," 23 June 2017 But the brain power at Rand and the piquancy of the art on its walls make for an unusual combination. Alice Short, latimes.com, "Inside Rand Corp.'s impressive art collection," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of piquancy

1664, in the meaning defined above

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