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[ poin-yuhn-see, poin-uhn- ]


, plural poign·an·cies
  1. the state or condition of being poignant.
  2. a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of poignancy1

First recorded in 1680–90; poign(ant) + -ancy
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Example Sentences

O’Leary’s photos have the poignancy of Edward Hopper’s emotionally charged paintings, but without the people.

The poignancy of “Letters” comes from the juxtaposition of Jackson’s jaunty social persona and the occasional searing glimpses of a profoundly vulnerable woman.

On the one hand, maybe there is a poignancy to the Olympics representing the current global situation.

I’m not going to pretend that Cruella rivaled the poignancy of either of those other films.

At present, that poignancy keeps thwacking me in the heart, the same heart I thought this skinny me would protect.

The signs have a poignancy, says Moss, “because there is a tension in them in what they are not saying,” he says.

Once edgily shocking, the show now feels rich with pathos and poignancy.

The drive to find the cause and cure of autism rivals the urgency and poignancy to find the cause and cure of cancer.

Either way, part of the tragedy and poignancy of polio is its preferential spread to babies and toddlers.

My normalcy has its own poignancy and beauty to it that most hearing people will  never know.

The recognition did not lessen the reality, the poignancy of the revelation by any suggestion or promise of instability.

It was the poignancy of these feelings which, later, drew Valmond to the ashes of the fire in whose glow Elise had stood.

There was no poignancy, no utter melting and surrender, that those importunate wellings did not give to the falling night.

Nature revolted at the idea, and revived, with additional poignancy, the remembrance of his last moments.

Though searching for the lost is an experience old as the world, its poignancy was new to me.


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