pungency

noun
pun·​gen·​cy | \ ˈpən-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce pungency (audio) \

Definition of pungency

: the quality or state of being pungent

Examples of pungency in a Sentence

the pungency of the vinegar gives the salad dressing the kick that it needs theatergoers have long delighted in the pungency and wit of the play's dialogue
Recent Examples on the Web These chapters are held together not so much by theme as by pungency. The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 So back to that smell: what gives it that pungency? Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 7 Nov. 2021 There was a pungency in Apple’s torch-and-honey voice emitting growls, shrieks, and hoots. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 There was a pungency in Apple’s torch-and-honey voice emitting growls, shrieks, and hoots. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 There was a pungency in Apple’s torch-and-honey voice emitting growls, shrieks, and hoots. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Feta cheese creams out the pesto and tames the pungency of the broccoli. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 There was a pungency in Apple’s torch-and-honey voice emitting growls, shrieks, and hoots. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 There was a pungency in Apple’s torch-and-honey voice emitting growls, shrieks, and hoots. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of pungency

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pungency was in 1649

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22 Jan 2022

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“Pungency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pungency. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for pungency

pungency

noun
pun·​gen·​cy | \ ˈpən-jən-sē How to pronounce pungency (audio) \
plural pungencies

Medical Definition of pungency

: the quality or state of being pungent

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