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poignancy

[poin-yuh n-see, poin-uh n-] /ˈpɔɪn yən si, ˈpɔɪn ən-/
noun, plural poignancies for 2.
1.
the state or condition of being poignant.
2.
a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like.
Origin of poignancy
1680-1690
1680-90; poign(ant) + -ancy
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n.

1680s, "sharpness, keenness," from poignant + -cy.

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