Poignant meaning

poinyənt
Agreeably intense or stimulating.
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His comments were poignant and witty.

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Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.

Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.

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The definition of poignant is something that has a strong effect on emotions or the senses, especially smell.

An example of poignant is the anniversary of September 11th for those who lost loved ones in the 2001 attacks.

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A poignant reply will garner more credence than hours of blown smoke.

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(dated, mostly British) Inducing sharp physical pain.
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Piercing; incisive.

Poignant criticism.

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(figuratively, of a look, or of words) Piercing.
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(figuratively, of a taste or smell) Piquant, pungent.
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Sharp, biting, penetrating, pointed, etc.

Poignant wit.

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Origin of poignant

  • Middle English poinaunt from Old French poignant present participle of poindre to prick from Latin pungere peuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman poynaunt, puignant et al., Middle French poignant, present participle of poindre (“to prick"), from Latin pungō (“prick").

    From Wiktionary