Origin of poignant
Examples from the Web for poignant
It was poignant, and we so wanted to leave and be out there.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History|Marlow Stern|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Billy Childs absolutely delivers the goods in this poignant collection of Laura Nyro songs.
The most poignant scenes in E-Team are the ones covering the horrors of Syria.
Perhaps most poignant and revealing are the remarks of students.The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around|Nick Romeo|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On its surface, the message is simple and poignant, yet hopeful.
This came to me first with a poignant thrill when I found myself in the presence of the Chinese Wall.Child and Country|Will Levington Comfort
There were long, poignant pauses between his sentences as he seemed to strive for coherence.The Last Shot|Frederick Palmer
Several times he took a poignant imaginary leave of her and of the earth, tears oozing out of his eyes.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.|John Galsworthy
It was some time before we knew the tragic details which came home, direct and poignant, to us in Adelie Land.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
The conviction returned to him with fresh, poignant regret, in the peaceful hush and subdued splendour of the winter night.Girlhood and Womanhood|Sarah Tytler
British Dictionary definitions for poignant
Word Origin for poignant
Word Origin and History for poignant
late 14c., "painful to physical or mental feeling" (of sauce, spice, wine as well as things that affect the feelings), from Old French poignant "sharp, pointed" (13c.), present participle of poindre "to prick, sting," from Latin pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Related: Poignantly.
The word disguises a linguistics trick-play, a double reverse. Latin pungere is from the same root as Latin pugnus "fist," and represents a metathesis of -n- and -g- that later was reversed in French.