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Syllabification: poign·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈpoin(y)ənt

Definition of poignant in English:


1Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret: a poignant reminder of the passing of time
More example sentences
  • The play follows the story of one man's fight to save his land, combining poignant drama with a sense of humour.
  • He can be rather repetitive, but his best work has great delicacy of colour and handling and a poignant sense of lost innocence.
  • Funny, touching, moving and poignant - this could be one of the most affecting shows the Alhambra has staged.
touching, moving, sad, affecting, pitiful, piteous, pathetic, sorrowful, mournful, wretched, miserable, distressing, heart-rending, tearjerking, plaintive, tragic
1.1 archaic Sharp or pungent in taste or smell.
Example sentences
  • Old memories returned to her in that split second, followed by poignant smells and visions a past where her world was nothing less than a fairy tale.


late Middle English: from Old French, literally 'pricking', present participle of poindre, from Latin pungere 'to prick'.



Pronunciation: /-yəntlē/
Example sentences
  • It definitely brought the point home even more poignantly about how important the sense of community and place and family and values are.
  • This is most poignantly evident in matters of faith.
  • She writes poignantly but incisively about the warring imperatives of hugging them ever closer to her and nudging them towards an independence they might need if she died.

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