Colbert has deftly hosted benefits and other shows and given hilarious and poignant commencement speeches.
One of the most poignant stories was about a little girl named Bianca.
Perhaps the most poignant parts of the film come when the parents enter the scene.
A more memorable and poignant experience came shortly afterwards.
Cross did some of her best work on the show in the poignant scene in which she learns by telephone that Rex has died.
Her mouth was stretched in a horrible grimace, so poignant was her feeling.
I left school also—with a mixture of hope and elation, and yet the most poignant regret.
Sisterly love, free solitude, unpraised creation, were to remain your most poignant joys.
He looked at Grassette with a look of poignant pity and interest combined.
He laughed and made an effort to be gay, which had a poignant pathos in it that made Desiree bite her lip.
late 14c., "painful to physical or mental feeling" (of sauce, spice, wine as well as things that affect the feelings), from Old French poignant "sharp, pointed" (13c.), present participle of poindre "to prick, sting," from Latin pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Related: Poignantly.
The word disguises a linguistics trick-play, a double reverse. Latin pungere is from the same root as Latin pugnus "fist," and represents a metathesis of -n- and -g- that later was reversed in French.