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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Raciness'

Raciness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    raciness n : behavior or language bordering on indelicacy [syn: gaminess, ribaldry, spiciness]
Raciness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Raciness \Ra"ci*ness\, n. The quality of being racy; peculiar and piquant flavor. The general characteristics of his [Cobbett's] style were perspicuity, unequaled and inimitable; . . . a purity always simple, and raciness often elegant. --London Times.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Raciness'

Piquance (noun) (often referred to as "hotness", "pungence", "raciness", "spiciness", or the condition of something being "spicy hot") is a type of pungence specific to the sense of taste. The (originally French) word piquant is cognate with the Spanish and Portuguese word picante, which carries the same meaning. In Asian countries within the sphere of mainly Chinese, Indian and Japanese cultural influence, it has traditionally been considered a sixth basic taste.

Use of the word "piquance" eliminates potential lingual ambiguity arising from overlap in meaning with the words "hot" and "spicy" which usually requires a determination or assumption of meaning based on context.

Instead of "hot" simply referring to temperature, and "spicy" being used to refer to the presence of spices (many of which are not actually piquant), the former two words are often used as synonyms for the latter, a word less commonly employed in reference to the characteristic which in regards to taste it solely defines.

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