poignance

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poignant (ˈpɔɪnjənt, -nənt)
 
adj
1.  sharply distressing or painful to the feelings
2.  to the point; cutting or piercing: poignant wit
3.  keen or pertinent in mental appeal: a poignant subject
4.  pungent in smell
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin pungens pricking, from pungere to sting, pierce, grieve]
 
'poignancy
 
n
 
'poignance
 
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'poignantly
 
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