Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 392 (Pungency)

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#392. Pungency. -- N. pungency, piquance, piquancy, poignancy haut- gout, strong taste, twang, race.

sharpness &c. adj.; acrimony; roughness &c. (sour) 392; unsavoriness &c. 395.

mustard, cayenne, caviare; seasoning &c. (condiment) 393; niter, saltpeter, brine (saltiness) 392a; carbonate of ammonia; sal ammoniac[obs], sal volatile, smelling salts; hartshorn (acridity) 401a.

dram, cordial, nip.

nicotine, tobacco, snuff, quid, smoke; segar[obs]; cigar, cigarette; weed; fragrant weed, Indian weed; Cavendish, fid[obs], negro head, old soldier, rappee[obs], stogy[obs].

V. be pungent &c. adj.; bite the tongue.

render -pungent &c. adj.; season, spice, salt, pepper, pickle, brine, devil. smoke, chew, take snuff.

Adj. pungent, strong; high-, full-flavored; high-tasted, high- seasoned; gamy, sharp, stinging, rough, piquant, racy; biting, mordant; spicy; seasoned &c. v.; hot, hot as pepper; peppery, vellicating[obs], escharotic[obs], meracious|; acrid, acrimonious, bitter; rough &c. (sour) 397; unsavory &c. 395. #392a Saltiness. -- N. saltiness.

niter, saltpeter, brine.

Adj. salty, salt, saline, brackish, briny; salty as brine, salty as a herring, salty as Lot's wife.

salty, racy (indecent) 961.

Phr. take it with a grain of salt. #392b Bitterness -- N. bitterness, acridness[obs], acridity, acrimony; caustic, alkali; acerbity; gall, wormwood; bitters, astringent bitters.

[additive for alcoholic beverages]Angostura aromatic bitters.

sourness &c. 397; pungency &c. 392.

[bitter substances] alkaloids; turmeric.

Adj. bitter, bitterish, acrid, acerb, acerbic.

Phr. bitter as gall; bitter pill to take; sugar coating on a bitter pill.