One of the most poignant stories was about a little girl named Bianca.
A more memorable and poignant experience came shortly afterwards.
Braff is striving to convey a poignant blend of pathos and humor here, but his sort of striving is a form of cheating.
I admire his ability to skip from a very comic moment to something very dramatic or poignant.
But Billy Childs absolutely delivers the goods in this poignant collection of Laura Nyro songs.
Her mouth was stretched in a horrible grimace, so poignant was her feeling.
She could not at first guess any possible cause for an emotion so poignant.
Sisterly love, free solitude, unpraised creation, were to remain your most poignant joys.
All at once the poignant and disgusting attack of the insects ceased.
He laughed and made an effort to be gay, which had a poignant pathos in it that made Desiree bite her lip.
late 14c., "painful to physical or mental feeling" (of sauce, spice, wine as well as things that affect the feelings), from Old French poignant "sharp, pointed" (13c.), present participle of poindre "to prick, sting," from Latin pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Related: Poignantly.
The word disguises a linguistics trick-play, a double reverse. Latin pungere is from the same root as Latin pugnus "fist," and represents a metathesis of -n- and -g- that later was reversed in French.