English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'pungent'

(adjective) 
Definition
having a strong sharp bitter smell or taste
The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
Synonyms
strong
strong aftershave
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hot
He loved hot curries.
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spicy
Thai food is hot and spicy.
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sharp
a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
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acid
This apple juice has gone off and is somewhat acid.
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bitter
The leaves taste rather bitter.
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stinging
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sour
The stewed apple was sour even with honey.
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tart
a slightly tart piece of candy
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aromatic
a shrub with aromatic leaves
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tangy
smoked salmon, tangy cheeses and oysters
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acrid
The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
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peppery
A crisp green salad with a few peppery radishes.
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piquant
a mixed salad with a piquant dressing
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industrial-strength mainly humorous)
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highly flavoured
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acerb
Opposites
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unstimulating
(adjective) 
Definition
(of speech or writing) biting
He enjoyed the play's shrewd and pungent social analysis.
Synonyms
cutting
People make cutting remarks to help themselves feel superior to others.
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pointed
a pointed remark
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biting
This was the most biting criticism made against her.
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acute
His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
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sharp
‘Don't criticize your mother,’ was his sharp reprimand.
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keen
a keen sense of humour
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stinging
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piercing
He fixes you with a piercing stare.
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penetrating
a penetrating mind
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scathing
He then launched a scathing attack on previous leaders.
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acrimonious
The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.
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barbed
barbed comments
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incisive
a shrewd operator with an incisive mind
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sarcastic
She poked fun at people's shortcomings with sarcastic remarks.
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caustic
He was well known for his abrasive wit and caustic comments.
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trenchant
He was shattered by the trenchant criticism.
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mordant
He describes the situation with mordant wit.
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mordacious
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of acid
Definition
sharp or sour in taste
This apple juice has gone off and is somewhat acid.
Synonyms
acetic,
vinegary,
acidulated,
vinegarish,
acerb
in the sense of acrid
Definition
unpleasantly strong-smelling
The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
Synonyms
stinging,
highly flavoured,
acerb
in the sense of acrimonious
The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.

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