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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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  • London Live takes on Towie with some drag raciness | Media Monkey
    New local TV station London Live has a show lined up that should to be anything but a drag for viewers. Drag Queens of London is an eight-part documentary series following the lives on and off stage of some of the capital's top drag performers and one of the stars is promising a feast of drama that will leave rival reality shows on other channels lagging behin Read more on this news related to 'Raciness'
  • Santorum's Christian Film Co. Dances With the Devil?
    Ben Feuerherd has the story . This story would be a whole lot less fun if Santorum's company had hired someone who did regular pornos. The fact that this is about animated raciness lends a certain je ne sais quoi to the story. Read more on this news related to 'Raciness'
  • Rita Ora steps out in stylish silver turtleneck dress as she actually shows very little skin
    Rita Ora has been spotted in public and she's NOT been showing off her cleavage for once. We've come to expect revealing tops and raciness from the singer and star of Fifty Shades of Grey, but there was none of that as she turned up at Radio 1's studios in London. Read more on this news related to 'Raciness'

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