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piquant

pi·quant

piquant

 
 
pronunciation:
pi knt [or] pi kant
features:
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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
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derivations: piquantly (adv.), piquancy (n.), piquantness (n.)
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