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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"

Wiktionary

  1. poignantadjective

    Sharp-pointed; keen.

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

  2. poignantadjective

    Incisive; penetrating.

    His comments were poignant and witty.

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

  3. poignantadjective

    neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant.

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

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

  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.

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

  5. poignantadjective

    Piquant, pungent.

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

  6. poignantadjective

    Piercing.

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

  7. poignantadjective

    Inducing sharp physical pain.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poignantadjective

    pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent

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

  2. Poignantadjective

    fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical

    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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Numerology

  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. Martin Garside:

    It is incredibly sad - I was literally two feet from this dead whale, it was both poignant and a bit eerie really - road traffic was thundering overhead on the busiest motorway in Britain and oblivious to all the people in the cars and lorries there was a 10-metre long beautiful whale floating dead beneath them.

  2. 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.

  3. Logan Pearsall Smith:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Blow:

    George So in the end, was it worth it Jesus Christ. How irreparably changed my life has become. It's always the last days of summer and I've been left out in the cold with no door to get back in. I'll grant you I've had more than my share of poignant moments. Life passes most people by when they're busy making grand plans for it. Throughout my lifetime I've left pieces of my heart here and there. And now, there's almost barely enough to stay alive. But I force a smile, knowing that my ambition far exceeded my talent. There are no more white horses or pretty ladies at my door.

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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
  • تکان دهندهPersian
  • 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
  • ಕಟುವಾದKannada
  • whakaarohaMāori
  • schrijnendDutch
  • wzruszający, cięty, ostryPolish
  • agudo, penetrante, picante, emocionante, pungente, comovente, doloroso, incisivo, pontiagudo, eloquente, claroPortuguese
  • пронизывающий, острый, резкий (о запахе)Russian
  • starkSwedish
  • thấm thíaVietnamese
  • שאַרףYiddish
  • 凄美Chinese

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