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Meaning of POIGNANT

Pronunciation:  'poynyunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  arousing affect; "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"
  2. [adj]  keenly distressing to the mind or feelings; "poignant anxiety"

POIGNANT is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: affecting, moving, painful, touching



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Poign"ant\, a. [F., p. pr. of poindre to sting, fr. L.
pungere to prick, sting. See {Pungent}.]
1. Pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent. ``His poignant
   spear.'' --Spenser. ``Poynaunt sauce.'' --Chaucer.

2. Fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical.

         His wit . . . became more lively and poignant. --Sir
                                               W. Scott.

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