Word of the Day – Pungent

Pungent (adj)

pun-junt

Having a sharply strong taste or smell.

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘very painful or distressing’): from Latin pungent- ‘pricking’, from the verb pungere.

Example sentences

“The cheeses are a little pungent for my taste.”

“His opinions could be described as pungent and unkind!”

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