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
Poignantly, the second returned with images of a mining helmet, its light still
  glowing.
One has hardly breathed again after this scene when there is another tightening
  of poignantly ironic resolution.
The noted educator and family counselor discusses her own personal life and
  poignantly describes her failing powers.
The graph below poignantly demonstrates the projected mortality rates for
  diabetes.
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