[puhn-juh nt] /ˈpʌn dʒənt/
sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.
acutely distressing to the feelings or mind; poignant.
caustic, biting, or sharply expressive:
mentally stimulating or appealing:
Biology. piercing or sharp-pointed.
having an acrid smell or sharp bitter flavour
(of wit, satire, etc) biting; caustic
(biology) ending in a sharp point: a pungent leaf
1590s, “sharp, poignant” (of pain or grief), from Latin pungentem (nominative pungens), present participle of pungere “to prick, pierce, sting,” figuratively, “to vex, grieve, trouble, afflict,” related to pugnus “fist” (see pugnacious). Meaning “having powerful odor or taste” first recorded 1660s. Literal sense “sharp, pointed” (c.1600) is very rare in English, mostly limited to botany. Middle English and early Modern English also had a now-obsolete verb punge “to prick, pierce; to smart, cause to sting,” from Latin pungere. Related: Pungently.
plural noun 1. the three wars waged by Rome against Carthage, 264–241, 218–201, and 149–146 b.c., resulting in the destruction of Carthage and the annexation of its territory by Rome. plural noun 1. three wars (264–241 bc, 218–201 bc, and 149–146 bc), in which Rome crushed Carthaginian power, destroying Carthage itself Punic Wars [(pyooh-nik)] Three […]
[pyoo-nik] /ˈpyu nɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to the ancient Carthaginians. 2. treacherous; perfidious: originally applied by the Romans to the Carthaginians. noun 3. the language of ancient Carthage, a form of late Phoenician. /ˈpjuːnɪk/ adjective 1. of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians 2. characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians […]
[puhn-ish] /ˈpʌn ɪʃ/ verb (used with object) 1. to subject to pain, loss, confinement, death, etc., as a penalty for some offense, transgression, or fault: to punish a criminal. 2. to inflict a penalty for (an offense, fault, etc.): to punish theft. 3. to handle severely or roughly, as in a fight. 4. to put […]
[puhn-i-shuh-buh l] /ˈpʌn ɪ ʃə bəl/ adjective 1. liable to or deserving . /ˈpʌnɪʃəbəl/ adjective 1. liable to be punished or deserving of punishment adj. 1530s, of persons; 1540s, of offenses, from punish + -able.