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Meaning of POIGNANCY

Pronunciation:  p'oynyunsee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); "the film captured all the pathos of their situation"
  2. [n]  a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow; "a moment of extraordinary poignancy"

POIGNANCY is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: pathos, poignance
 See Also: quality, sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Poign"an*cy\, n.
The quality or state of being poignant; as, the poignancy of
satire; the poignancy of grief. --Swift.

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