1769; see poignant + -ance.

Nearby words

  1. pohl,
  2. pohnpei,
  3. pohutukawa,
  4. poi,
  5. poi dance,
  6. poignancy,
  7. poignant,
  8. poignantly,
  9. poikilitic,
  10. poikilo-

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for poignance

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

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

    Twelve Men|Theodore Dreiser