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poignant

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English

Etymology

From Old French poignant, present participle of poindre (to prick) from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pungō (prick).

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. (obsolete, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) sharp-pointed; keen
  2. incisive; penetrating
    His comments were poignant and witty.
  3. neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant
    A poignant reply will garner more credence than hours of blown smoke.
  4. Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving
    Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.
  5. (figuratively, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) piquant, pungent
  6. (figuratively, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) piercing
  7. (dated, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) inducing sharp physical pain

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References

  • OED 2nd edition 1989
  • Webster Third New International 1986

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