“Beauty and the Beast” pairing: pungency is contrasted with sweetness to accentuate the taste spectrum.
The newspaper press he had assailed with a pungency and vigor which it in vain sought to rival.
At the same instant came an elusive whiff of pungency on the chill.
With all the pungency, and nearly all the pleasantry of hers, it has less of spontaneous volubility.
Ripe berries lose in pungency and also fall off and are lost.
She listened now—and nodded at Mrs. Leverett's reasoning, adding the pungency of her sniff.
How the freshness of this seasoning contrasts with the pungency of the spices which relieve it!
Hence the virtue and pungency of the influence on the mind, of natural objects, whether inorganic or organized.
But there was a dense cloud of cigar smoke in the room, and mingled with its pungency were sweeter scents.
Yet the satires on Mabilius, where spite and jealousy have stirred his genius, are striking for their volubility and pungency.
1590s, "sharp, poignant" (of pain or grief), from Latin pungentem (nominative pungens), present participle of pungere "to prick, pierce, sting," figuratively, "to vex, grieve, trouble, afflict," related to pugnus "fist" (see pugnacious). Meaning "having powerful odor or taste" first recorded 1660s. Literal sense "sharp, pointed" (c.1600) is very rare in English, mostly limited to botany. Middle English and early Modern English also had a now-obsolete verb punge "to prick, pierce; to smart, cause to sting," from Latin pungere. Related: Pungently.