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Definitions for poignant
ˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nəntpoignant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affecting, poignant, touchingadjective

    arousing affect

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

  2. poignantadjective

    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

    "poignant anxiety"


  1. poignantadjective

    Sharp-pointed; keen.

  2. poignantadjective

    Incisive; penetrating.

    His comments were poignant and witty.

  3. poignantadjective

    neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant.

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

  4. poignantadjective

    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. poignantadjective

    Piquant, pungent.

  6. poignantadjective


  7. poignantadjective

    Inducing sharp physical pain.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POIGNANTadjective

    Etymology: poignant, Fr.

    No poignant sauce she knew, nor costly treat,
    Her hunger gave a relish to her meat. Dryden.

    The studious man, whose will was never determined to poignant sauces and delicious wine, is, by hunger and thirst, determined to eating and drinking. John Locke.

    If God makes use of some poignant disgrace to let out the poisonous vapour, is not the mercy greater than the severity of the cure? Robert South, Sermons.

    Full three long hours his tender body did sustain
    Most exquisite and poignant pain. John Norris, Miscel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poignantadjective

    pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent

  2. Poignantadjective

    fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical

  3. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of poignant in a Sentence

  1. Constantin Stanislavski:

    Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.

  2. Tom Grilk:

    We start there, every time. Including last year, what happened in 2013 was the closest and perhaps most poignant part of our history, but part of the history. The history going forward would be written by the people who come and run and watch and participate in all the ways that people do.

  3. Henry M. Wriston:

    Among all the tragic consequences of depression and war, this suppression of personal self-expression through one's life work is among the most poignant.

  4. Prince Edward:

    It was an experience that so many other families have had to go through during this past year or 18 months and so in that sense, it was particularly poignant, there are an awful lot of people who haven't been able to express the respect that they would like to have done. I think many people would have liked to have been there to support The Queen.

  5. Michael Enright:

    And what was most poignant for me.

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  • ergreifend, eindringlich, eindringend, schneidend, schmerzlich, schmerzhaft, streng, treffend, packend, zugespitzt, beißend, stechend, pikant, durchdringend, spitz, scharfGerman
  • διαπεραστικός, σπαραχτικός, οξύς, οδυνηρός, αιχμηρός, αιχημρός, επίπονοςGreek
  • agudo, elocuente, claro, incisivo, punzo-cortante, conmovedor, picante, penetrante, puntiagudoSpanish
  • تکان دهندهPersian
  • kärkevä, kirpeä, pistävä, pikanttiFinnish
  • poignantFrench
  • tiamhaidhScottish Gaelic
  • elevenbe vágóHungarian
  • penetrante, chiaro, toccante, intenso, pungente, piccante, commovente, acuto, eloquente, appuntito, affilato, incisivo, emozionante, dolorosoItalian
  • נוגע ללבHebrew
  • 辛辣な, 痛烈な, 鋭いJapanese
  • ಕಟುವಾದKannada
  • whakaarohaMāori
  • schrijnendDutch
  • wzruszający, cięty, ostryPolish
  • incisivo, agudo, penetrante, claro, picante, emocionante, pungente, eloquente, comovente, doloroso, pontiagudoPortuguese
  • резкий (о запахе), пронизывающий, острыйRussian
  • starkSwedish
  • thấm thíaVietnamese
  • שאַרףYiddish
  • 凄美Chinese

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    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
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