engaging vs piquant what difference

what is difference between engaging and piquant

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈɡeɪd͡ʒɪŋ/, /ɪŋˈɡeɪd͡ʒɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: en‧gag‧ing

Adjective

engaging (comparative more engaging, superlative most engaging)

  1. That engages the attention; engrossing, interesting; enthralling.
    I found the first of the Harry Potter books a very engaging read.
  2. Charming; attractive, especially of a manner or behaviour.
    Beauty, of course, and a bright, engaging personality — or at least the ability to fake one — are prerequisites for entering the Miss World competition.

Synonyms

  • (that engages the attention): absorbing, compelling, engrossing, enthralling, interesting
  • (charming): appealing, attractive, sweet

Antonyms

  • (that engages the attention): boring, dull, unengaging, uninteresting
  • (charming): boorish, rude, uncivil, uncivilised

Derived terms

  • engagingness
  • unengaging

Translations

Verb

engaging

  1. present participle of engage


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French piquant (pricking, stimulating, irritating), present participle of piquer, possibly from Old French pikier (to prick, sting, nettle). Related to pike.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpiːkənt/, /ˈpiːˌkɑːnt/, /piːˈkɑːnt/
  • Hyphenation: pi‧quant

Adjective

piquant (comparative more piquant, superlative most piquant)

  1. (archaic) Causing hurt feelings; scathing, severe. [from 16th c.]
  2. Stimulating to the senses; engaging; charming. [from 17th c.]
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 86:
      Their husbands […] leave home to seek for more agreeable, may I be allowed to use a significant French word, piquant society […].
  3. Favorably stimulating to the palate; pleasantly spicy; tangy. [from 17th c.]

Derived terms

  • piquancy

Quotations

  • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:piquant.

Translations


French

Etymology

Present participle of piquer.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pi.kɑ̃/

Adjective

piquant (feminine singular piquante, masculine plural piquants, feminine plural piquantes)

  1. Spiky, spiny.
  2. Of food: piquant, pungent, spicy-hot.
  3. Cold; ice-cold.
  4. Of humor, a joke, etc.: scathing.
  5. (usually of a person) attractive.

Verb

piquant

  1. present participle of piquer

Further reading

  • “piquant” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle French

Verb

piquant (feminine singular piquante, masculine plural piquans, feminine plural piquantes)

  1. present participle of piquer
  2. (may be preceded by en, invariable) gerund of piquer

Adjective

piquant m (feminine singular piquante, masculine plural piquans, feminine plural piquantes)

  1. Alternative form of picquant

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