poignant

[poin-yuhnt, poi-nuhnt]
adjective
1.
keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.
2.
keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest.
3.
affecting or moving the emotions: a poignant scene.
4.
pungent to the smell: poignant cooking odors.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English poynaunt < Middle French poignant, present participle of poindre < Latin pungere to prick, pierce. See pungent, -ant

poignantly, adverb
unpoignant, adjective
unpoignantly, adverb


1. intense, sincere, heartfelt. 4. piquant, sharp.


1, 2. mild.
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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
 
n
 
'poignantly
 
adv

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poignant
late 14c., "painful to physical or mental feeling," from O.Fr. poignant (13c.), prp. of poindre "to prick, sting," from L. pungere "to prick" (see pungent).
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Example sentences
In an especially poignant scene, he admits that he has never had a romantic
  relationship.
Steinbeck's classic novel remains the most poignant portrait of that migration.
Some of the projects are poignant, others border on the bizarre.
The result is a satirically poignant account of an 11-month battle with breast
  cancer, initially fought without health insurance.
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