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[poin-yuh n-see, poin-uh n-] /ˈpɔɪn yən si, ˈpɔɪn ən-/
noun, plural poignancies for 2.
the state or condition of being poignant.
a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like.
Origin of poignancy
1680-90; poign(ant) + -ancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The sad poignancy of the drinking clergyman who lost his faith comes to mind.
  • These contrasts give the photograph a sense of poignancy.
  • But then the poignancy of what's being told about in those scrawls hits you.
  • Around every strange and colorful corner is a lurking poignancy.
  • These images lose none of their poignancy or power in this familiarity.
  • Sometimes, there is poignancy and emotional relief to be found in smiling.
  • Heavy clouds are gathering on the geopolitical horizon, which lends a special poignancy to the domestic comings and goings.
  • Beyond that, the holiday will have more than the usual poignancy and significance.
  • Lodge members remember the glory years with a special poignancy.
  • And this makes for painful diffusion of the play's obvious poignancy.
Word Origin and History for poignancy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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