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    pungent

    Can 'pungent' be used for any strong, bad smell, or only for a specific type (the smell of onions, etc.) ? Do rotten eggs, for example, smell pungently?

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    Re: pungent

    What did you find when you looked up the definition of "pungent" in good dictionaries?
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    Re: pungent

    From the Merriam-Webster dictionary (it's a good dictionary, I suppose):
    Definition of pungent:
    1: sharply painful
    2: having a stiff and sharp point pungent leaves (I don't understand this sentence)
    3a: marked by a sharp incisive quality : caustic a pungent critic pungent language (I don't understand the second part)
    3b: causing a sharp or irritating sensation especially : acrid
    4a: having an intense flavor or odor a pungent chili
    4b: being sharp and to the point

    Having read these definitions, I still don't understand if one can say that rotten eggs have a pungent smell.




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    Re: pungent

    Definition 4a applies to that case.
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    Re: pungent

    In my opinion pungent can be either pejorative or a form of praise depending on context. After all, we usually know with certainty whether an odor is pleasant or unpleasant.

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