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

Definition of pungency

: the quality or state of being pungent

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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

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But none of them has the musky pungency that makes the herb such a hallmark of Peruvian cooking. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At Pikoh, Peruvian superstar chef Ricardo Zarate holds back his fastball for a West L.A. crowd," 24 July 2019 The highveld mole rat is immune to the pungency of mustard, radishes, and wasabi. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 Don’t overlook Bilavarn’s papaya salad, a crisp, fragrant muddle underscored with the pungency of shrimp paste and fish sauce. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Patricia Escárcega’s five favorite restaurants that she reviewed this year (so far)," 3 July 2019 Its pungency would smother the flavors of the wine. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Crowd-Pleaser With the Right Stuff," 22 June 2018 Recently the Carter Center’s office in Sarh, a provincial capital in southern Chad, filled with an aquatic pungency as Dr. Eberhard and Mr. Cleveland gutted and skinned 13 frogs. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 The sauce is honeyed and tomato-rich, faintly spicy, with a pinch of oregano added at the end for pungency. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "The Corporate Delivery Pie You Secretly Love — but Better," 29 May 2018 If it’s made well, the oil will strike a balance of fruitiness, bitterness and pungency. Ted Trautman, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s olive oil craze: rooted in the far north counties," 7 June 2018 The book takes its time getting on the highway, and the slow pace is exacerbated by Katharine McEwan’s demure and deliberate narration, which drains some of the pungency from Hartman’s prose. Louis Bayard, New York Times, "Audiobooks for Summer Trips With the Kids," 28 May 2018

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1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pungency was in 1649

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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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