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Definition of poignant adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

poignant

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈpɔɪnyənt//
 
 
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having a strong effect on your feelings, especially in a way that makes you feel sad synonym moving a poignant image/moment/memory, etc. Her face was a poignant reminder of the passing of time.
NAmE//ˈpɔɪnyənsi//
 
noun [uncountable] the poignancy of parting and separation Of particular poignancy was the photograph of their son with his sisters, taken the day before he died.
 
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