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pun·gent

pungent

 
 
pronunciation:
puhng jnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: sharp and strong in taste or smell.
That pungent cheese is delicious.
synonyms:
sharp
similar words:
acid, bitter, hot, spicy, strong, tart, zesty
derivations: pungently (adv.), pungency (n.)
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The word pungent contains the following parts:
pung, punct, point Latin root that means prick, sharp
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.