Definitions for poignantˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
poign•antˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt(adj.)
keenly distressing to the feelings.
affecting the emotions:
a poignant scene.
keen or strong in appeal; sharp; pointed:
a subject of poignant interest.
Origin of poignant:
1350–1400; ME poynaunt < MF poignant, prp. of poindre < L pungere to prick, pierce
affecting, poignant, touching(adj)
"the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"
keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
poignant(adjective)ˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt
a poignant reminder of what he could have achieved
His comments were poignant and witty.
neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant.
A poignant reply will garner more credence than hours of blown smoke.
Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.
Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.
Inducing sharp physical pain.
Origin: From poynaunt, puignant et al., poignant, present participle of poindre, from pungo.
pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent
fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical
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