What does poignant mean?

Definitions for poignantˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word poignant.

Princeton's WordNet

  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"


  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)


  7. poignant(Adjective)

    Inducing sharp physical pain.

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

Webster Dictionary

  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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poignant

    poin′ant, adj. stinging, pricking: sharp: penetrating: acutely painful: satirical: pungent.—n. Poign′ancy, state of being poignant.—adv. Poign′antly. [O. Fr. poignant, poindre—L. pungĕre, to sting.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poignant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poignant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Enright:

    And what was most poignant for me.

  2. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.

  3. Danielle Ludon:

    The sentiments expressed were very, very strong. Some of them were very poignant.

  4. Michael Enright:

    After I saw the cowardly way James Foley was killed, I knew I had to do something, and what was most poignant for me.

  5. Perry Brass:

    The most amazing thing about young men is how invisible they were to you when you were young. It is also the most poignant.

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Translations for poignant

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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
  • poignantFrench
  • 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
  • schrijnendDutch
  • 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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