Pungent vs. Spicy

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  • Pungent (adjective)

    Having a strong odor that stings the nose, said especially of acidic or spicy substances.

    "I accidentally dropped the bottle of ammonia and after few seconds, a very pungent stench could be detected."

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Having a strong taste that stings the tongue, said especially of hot (spicy) food, which has a strong and sharp or bitter taste.

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Stinging; acerbic.

    "The critic gave a pungent review."

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Having a sharp and stiff point.

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Of, pertaining to, or containing spice.

    "He prepared a spicy casserole."

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Provoking a burning sensation due to the presence of chillies or similar hot spices.

    "This curry is too spicy for me. I can't eat it."

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Tangy, zesty, or pungent.

    "She breathed in the strong, spicy aroma."

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Vigorous; colorful; stimulating.

    "He is known for his spicy political commentary."

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Risqué, sexy, racy; mildly pornographic.

    "I don't want my children to see the spicy images on this web site.''"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Pungent (adjective)

    Causing a sharp sensation, as of the taste, smell, or feelings; pricking; biting; acrid; as, a pungent spice.

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Sharply painful; penetrating; poignant; severe; caustic; stinging.

  • Pungent (adjective)

    Prickly-pointed; hard and sharp.

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Flavored with, or containing, spice or spices; fragrant; aromatic; as, spicy breezes.

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Producing, or abounding with, spices.

  • Spicy (adjective)

    Fig.: Piquant; racy; as, a spicy debate.

Webster Dictionary
  • Pungent (adjective)

    sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell;

    "tasting the pungent wood sorrel"

    "pungent curry"

    "a pungent smell of burning sulfur"

  • Pungent (adjective)

    capable of wounding;

    "a barbed compliment"

    "a biting aphorism"

    "pungent satire"

  • Spicy (adjective)

    having an agreeably pungent taste

  • Spicy (adjective)

    suggestive of sexual impropriety;

    "a blue movie"

    "blue jokes"

    "he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details"

    "a juicy scandal"

    "a naughty wink"

    "naughty words"

    "racy anecdotes"

    "a risque story"

    "spicy gossip"

  • Spicy (adjective)

    having a piquant burning taste of spices or peppers;

    "gingery Chinese food"

    "hot peppers"

    "hot curry"

    "corn chips with peppery salsa"

    "spicy tomato sauce"

Princeton's WordNet

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