Synonyms of pungent
1 strongDictionary • The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
strong • strong aftershave
hot • He loved hot curries.
spicy • Thai food is hot and spicy.
sharp • a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
acid • These wines are rather hard, and somewhat acid.
bitter • The leaves taste rather bitter.
sour • The stewed apple was sour even with honey.
tart • a slightly tart wine
aromatic • a shrub with aromatic leaves
tangy • smoked salmon, tangy cheeses and oysters
acrid • The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
peppery • A crisp green salad with a few peppery radishes.
piquant • a mixed salad with a piquant dressing
industrial-strength mainly humorous)
2 cuttingDictionary • He enjoyed the play's shrewd and pungent social analysis.
cutting • People make cutting remarks to help themselves feel superior to others.
pointed • a pointed remark
biting • This was the most biting criticism made against her.
acute • His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
sharp • ‘Don't criticize your mother,’ was his sharp reprimand.
keen • a keen sense of humour
piercing • He fixes you with a piercing stare.
penetrating • a penetrating mind
scathing • He then launched a scathing attack on previous leaders.
acrimonious • The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.
barbed • barbed comments
incisive • a shrewd operator with an incisive mind
sarcastic • She poked fun at people's shortcomings with sarcastic remarks.
caustic • He was well known for his abrasive wit and caustic comments.
trenchant • He was shattered by the trenchant criticism.
mordant • He describes the situation with mordant wit.
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acidAn acid fruit or drink has a sour or sharp taste.
• These wines are rather hard, and somewhat acid.
acridAn acrid smell or taste is strong and sharp, and usually unpleasant.
• The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
acrimoniousAcrimonious words or quarrels are bitter and angry.
• The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.
Thesaurus for pungent from the Collins English Thesaurus