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[poin-yuh n-see, poin-uh n-] /ˈpɔɪn yən si, ˈpɔɪn ən-/
noun, plural poignancies for 2.
the state or condition of being poignant.
a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like.
Origin of poignancy
First recorded in 1680-90; poign(ant) + -ancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For twenty-four hours Mr. Caryll's grief was overwhelming in its poignancy.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • To be “run ashore” has the littleness, poignancy, and bitterness of human error.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • It was my first delinquency, and had all the poignancy of a first fault.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • These words from her had a poignancy of meaning which made his reply difficult.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • But indistinct as things were, the poignancy of it went through him, and he groaned.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
Word Origin and History for poignancy

1680s, "sharpness, keenness," from poignant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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