1769; see poignant + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Related Words for poignance

emotion, passion, poignancy, desolation, feeling, sentiment, poignance

Examples from the Web for poignance

Historical Examples of poignance

  • Yet always in the main he had color, beauty, emotion, poignance when necessary.

    Twelve Men

    Theodore Dreiser

  • This memory was written out of a full heart, with the poignance that lies in every backward human gaze.


    Christopher Morley