• WordNet 3.6
    • n pungency a strong odor or taste property "the pungency of mustard","the sulfurous bite of garlic","the sharpness of strange spices","the raciness of the wine"
    • n pungency wit having a sharp and caustic quality "he commented with typical pungency","the bite of satire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pungency The quality or state of being pungent or piercing; keenness; sharpness; piquancy; as, the pungency of ammonia. "The pungency of menaces."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pungency Pungent character or quality; the power of sharply affecting the taste or smell; keenness; sharpness; tartness; causticity.
    • n pungency Synonyms Poignancy, acridness, pointedness.
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In literature:

So far as the drama itself goes, they are of no great importance except to give pungency and interest to the action.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
The strongest would not make him sneeze, or wring from the sensibility of his eyes the smallest tribute to its pungency.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Browning has rarely excelled it in certain qualities, hardly found in any other poet, of pungency, novelty, and penetrating bitter-sweetness.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
There is a liveliness and pungency to this water which makes it a pleasant beverage.
"Saratoga and How to See It" by R. F. Dearborn
Hilda picked it up and drew in the crude, warm pungency of its smell.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
The principle on which its pungency depends, is soluble in water and in alcohol.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
But the pungency of this antithesis comes from an imperfect realization of its meaning.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
The comments of the ring increased in point and pungency.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
And the Founder must endure the pungency of the smoke, if He would speak the Word of Fire.
"London Lectures of 1907" by Annie Besant
Some of his sayings remind us not a little of Schopenhauer in their pungency and sharpness.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace

In news:

I was sorry to hear the pungency, even anguish, muted.
The peasant casserole from France is a chunky distillation of the late summer garden and all of its sweet, coarse, pungency.
The mayonnaise dressing for this potato salad gets pungency from mustard oil (store-bought spicy mustard works fine, too) and a hit of smoky-sweet flavor from bacon and bottled barbecue sauce.
Grilling softens the garlic and onion pungency of ramps .
During the dark and smelly Middle Ages, rosemary 's pungency was called upon for all sorts of household freshening.