Definition of poignant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪnjənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪnjənt//
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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. See related entries: Unhappiness Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, literally ‘pricking’, present participle of poindre, from Latin pungere ‘to prick’.Extra examples The performances are by turns uproarious and oddly poignant. The presence of the rest of the family made John’s absence even more poignant. Alan’s return to the city of his childhood was particularly poignant. It was the city’s street children who provided some of the most poignant images.
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