Definitions for poignantˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt

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  1. affecting, poignant, touching(adj)

    arousing affect

    "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"

  2. poignant(adj)

    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

    "poignant anxiety"

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  1. poignant(Adjective)

    Sharp-pointed; keen.

  2. poignant(Adjective)

    Incisive; penetrating.

    His comments were poignant and witty.

  3. poignant(Adjective)

    neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant.

    A poignant reply will garner more credence than hours of blown smoke.

  4. poignant(Adjective)

    Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.

    Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.

  5. poignant(Adjective)

    Piquant, pungent.

  6. poignant(Adjective)

    Piercing.

  7. poignant(Adjective)

    Inducing sharp physical pain.

  8. Origin: From poynaunt, puignant et al., poignant, present participle of poindre, from pungo.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Poignant(adj)

    pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent

  2. Poignant(adj)

    fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical

  3. Origin: [F., p. pr. of poindre to sting, fr. L. pungere to prick, sting. See Pungent.]


Translations for poignant

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  • schmerzlich, durchdringend, zugespitzt, eindringlich, streng, packend, stechend, ergreifend, eindringend, schneidend, beißend, spitz, scharf, pikant, treffend, schmerzhaftGerman
  • αιχημρός, διαπεραστικός, σπαραχτικός, οξύς, επίπονος, οδυνηρός, αιχμηρόςGreek
  • puntiagudo, penetrante, picante, claro, agudo, incisivo, punzo-cortante, elocuente, conmovedorSpanish
  • kärkevä, pistävä, kirpeä, pikanttiFinnish
  • tiamhaidhScottish Gaelic
  • elevenbe vágóHungarian
  • piccante, commovente, acuto, eloquente, emozionante, incisivo, affilato, appuntito, penetrante, pungente, intenso, toccante, chiaro, dolorosoItalian
  • נוגע ללבHebrew
  • 痛烈な, 鋭い, 辛辣なJapanese
  • whakaarohaMāori
  • wzruszający, cięty, ostryPolish
  • agudo, penetrante, picante, emocionante, pungente, comovente, doloroso, incisivo, pontiagudo, eloquente, claroPortuguese
  • пронизывающий, острый, резкий (о запахе)Russian
  • starkSwedish

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