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piquant

pi·quant

piquant

 
 
pronunciation:
pi knt [or] pi kant
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of food, having a deliciously sharp or spicy taste.
We were served a piquant broth with flavors of lime and chili peppers.
synonyms:
savory, sharp, spicy
antonyms:
bland, mild
similar words:
hot, peppery, pungent, strong, tangy, zesty
definition 2: lively, stimulating, or interesting; provocative.
The author's piquant treatment of traditional themes makes the book sparkle with originality.
synonyms:
provocative, stimulating
antonyms:
boring, dull
similar words:
interesting, pungent, spicy, tantalizing, zesty
derivations: piquantly (adv.), piquancy (n.), piquantness (n.)
Word Parts
The word piquant contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.