piquancy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piquancy the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
    • n piquancy a tart spicy quality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piquancy The quality or state of being piquant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piquancy Piquant quality. Agreeable pungency or sharpness, as of flavor or taste.
    • n piquancy Keenness; sharpness; tartness; severity, as of remark or utterance.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Piquant

Usage

In literature:

Thus the Pasha added the piquancy of sacrilege to barbarity.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
There was a piquancy in the experiment that appealed to him.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
No one has stuck to his or her usual role in the past two years, which has added a piquancy to life.
"The Smiling Hill-Top" by Julia M. Sloane
Dorothy's efforts to avoid him gave pursuit a piquancy!
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
In truth, it had been a long time since a meeting of such piquancy and interest had been called.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
Would the presence of the sprightly Faro Nell give a touch of piquancy to the occasion or lower its tone?
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
It gave her a curious piquancy, and interested him.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
A Grecian nose would take all the piquancy out of her face.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He imagined that that sort of thing lent a piquancy to conversation.
"A Venetian June" by Anna Fuller
It is impossible to imagine music more charming or more full of grace and piquancy, than that which we find in this delightful opera.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
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In news:

Marché Moderne is a celebration of cuisine in the classical French style, coupled with a modern piquancy of flavor and flair.
Marché Moderne is a celebration of cuisine in the classical French style, coupled with a modern piquancy of flavor and flair.
This Presidents Day holiday has taken on a peculiar kind of piquancy, particularly if your taste runs to passionate politics.
It had a nice piquancy, brought out by the sweet orange.
That phrase has a certain piquancy now, but Califano simply wanted to calm the witness, slow the process a bit and get everyone to chill out.
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