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poignance

n.

1769; see poignant + -ance.

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Related Words

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

Examples from the Web for poignance

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley