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  • adv. In a piquant manner; with piquancy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a piquant manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a piquant manner; with sharpness or pungency; tartly; smartly; livelily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with strong spices; in a spicy manner


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  • Drugbuster Pillon puts the dilemma piquantly: "If we're going to legalize cocaine, put your kid first in line when the state starts to sell it."

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  • Cool was first defined in print in 1947, in a book titled piquantly


  • It's a timeless conceit, but in "The Rules of Civility," Amor Towles sets it convincingly in a late-1930s milieu where the limousines and cocktail parties of the haut monde contrast piquantly with the wider context of the Great Depression.

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  • Lush, bright and piquantly salty, lox is not a shy treat, but sliced gossamer thin, it adds delicious fishy voltage to an ordinary bagel $34 a pound,

    Holy Smokeds

  • Any serious changes, then, will result from a change of expectations as to the court's role — in particular, the expectations of the public, of the profession, and, most piquantly, of the judges themselves.

    Jason Smith and the Court

  • Another champion of Karzai is NATO civilian envoy Mark Sedwill, who told me and other reporters recently that the Afghan leader is doing the best he can with the meager cards he's been dealt and who suggests, piquantly, that a better question might be whether Karzai sees the Western allies as reliable.

    Karzai Like a Fox

  • Rucker and Fahrenthold describe the Senate's problems piquantly: "An institution designed to chew over legislation slowly, refining and moderating bills passed by the House, now routinely chokes on them."

    A single shot at Senate reform

  • When this bilious Blagojevich predecessor attacked the media, as crooked and vile as he was, at least his gems were often studded with piquantly alliterative epithets, like: "nattering nabobs of negativism," "pusillanimous pussyfooters", and "hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history," courtesy of White House speech crafters Pat Buchanan and William Safire.

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  • I find it endlessly fascinating that, as Casino Royale so piquantly explores when the two agents meet and verbally joust on a train, two distinctive characters can turn out to be so similar and yet so vividly themselves.

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  • Internal as the book is, it's far from airless, being full of Mr. Russo's canny dialogue and piquantly funny observations of etiquette malfunctions.

    Leaving Mom And Dad


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