[poin-yuhn-see, poin-uhn-]
noun, plural poignancies for 2.
the state or condition of being poignant.
a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like.

1680–90; poign(ant) + -ancy

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poignant (ˈpɔɪnjənt, -nənt)
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]

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Example sentences
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.
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