poignant

[ poin-yuhnt, poi-nuhnt ]
/ ˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt /

adjective

keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.
keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest.
affecting or moving the emotions: a poignant scene.
pungent to the smell: poignant cooking odors.

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Origin of poignant

1350–1400; Middle English poynaunt<Middle French poignant, present participle of poindre<Latin pungere to prick, pierce. See pungent, -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM poignant

poign·ant·ly, adverbun·poign·ant, adjectiveun·poign·ant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for poignant

poignant
/ (ˈpɔɪnjənt, -nənt) /

adjective

sharply distressing or painful to the feelings
to the point; cutting or piercingpoignant wit
keen or pertinent in mental appeala poignant subject
pungent in smell

Derived forms of poignant

poignancy or poignance, nounpoignantly, adverb

Word Origin for poignant

C14: from Old French, from Latin pungens pricking, from pungere to sting, pierce, grieve
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