Origin of poignant
Examples from the Web for poignantly
I am living in Germany now,” she poignantly told us, “but I do not want to die in Germany.
Poignantly, the portion doesn't deal with her life at all, but with her death and its aftermath.Despite Hebron's Importance, Israel Will Have to Give It Up|Samuel Lebens|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And Kings Point elucidates these fears all too clearly and poignantly.No Country for Old People: ‘Kings Point’ Exposes the Hidden Elder Crisis|Donald A. Davidoff|February 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No news organization covered September 11, during or since, as comprehensively or as poignantly as the Times did.Inside Tania Head’s Terrible 9/11 Lie: ‘The Woman Who Wasn’t There’|Robin Gaby Fisher, Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr.|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If The Art of Fielding begins as a baseball story, so it ends as one, too—poignantly, beautifully, and improbably.
There was something too poignantly sad about the unfulfilled hope of the picture.The Four Pools Mystery|Jean Webster
But again she threw off the sweet, poignantly sweet influence and strove to think clearly.The Beauty|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
"The pathos of distance" is a phrase that haunts him as poignantly as it haunted Nietzsche, its maker.A Book of Prefaces|H. L. Mencken
"Meine Ruhe ist hin" (My rest is o'er), I began bravely, feeling how poignantly applicable the line was to my present situation.An American Girl in Munich|Mabel W. Daniels
Yes, whatever the grief may be, it is in the hour of such awakenings we feel it most poignantly.Ishmael|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for poignantly
Word Origin for poignant
Word Origin and History for poignantly
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.