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poignance

n.

1769; see poignant + -ance.

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  • 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

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