Origin of pungent
Examples from the Web for pungency
“Beauty and the Beast” pairing: Pungency is contrasted with sweetness to accentuate the taste spectrum.
Clearly, some pungency is necessary, and confidence suggests rather Cacio which would survive anything, the monster said.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
Earth-beef tasted too strong; Venus seaweed stew had a pungency that he didn't like.Runaway|William Morrison
The strongest would not make him sneeze, or wring from the sensibility of his eyes the smallest tribute to its pungency.
He spoke with invariable urbanity and facility, not infrequently with pungency, but always with proper restraint.
When will the fallacy be destroyed which gauges the strength of a disinfectant by the pungency of its odour?Household Administration|Various
British Dictionary definitions for pungency
Word Origin for pungent
Word Origin and History for pungency (1 of 2)
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.