Poignant vs. Pungent

Poignant vs. Pungent — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Poignant and Pungent

Poignantadjective

Arousing deep emotion, especially pity or sorrow; touching

a poignant memory.a poignant story.

Pungentadjective

Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp acrid sensation.

Poignantadjective

Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

poignant anxiety.

Pungentadjective

Penetrating, biting, or caustic

pungent satire.

Poignantadjective

Physically painful

"Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward" (Ambrose Bierce).

Pungentadjective

To the point; sharp

pungent talks during which the major issues were confronted.

Poignantadjective

Piercing; incisive

poignant criticism.

Pungentadjective

Pointed

a pungent leaf.

Poignantadjective

Agreeably intense or stimulating

"It was a poignant delight to breathe the keen air" (Joseph A. Altsheler).

Pungentadjective

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.

Poignantadjective

Sharp or sour to the taste; piquant.

Pungentadjective

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

Poignantadjective

Sharp or pungent to the smell.

Pungentadjective

(figurative) Stinging; acerbic.

The critic gave a pungent review.

Poignantadjective

Sharp-pointed; keen.

Pungentadjective

(botany) Having a sharp and stiff point.

Poignantadjective

Incisive; penetrating.

His comments were poignant and witty.

Pungentadjective

sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell;

tasting the pungent wood sorrelpungent currya pungent smell of burning sulfur

Poignantadjective

Neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant.

A poignant reply will garner more credence than hours of blown smoke.

Pungentadjective

capable of wounding;

a barbed complimenta biting aphorismpungent satire

Poignantadjective

Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.

Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.

Poignantadjective

Piquant, pungent.

Poignantadjective

Piercing.

Poignantadjective

Inducing sharp physical pain.

Poignantadjective

arousing affect;

the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scenepoignant grief cannot endure foreverhis gratitude was simple and touching

Poignantadjective

keenly distressing to the mind or feelings;

poignant anxiety