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a. Arousing deep emotion, especially pity or sorrow; touching: a poignant memory; a poignant story. See Synonyms at moving.
b. Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings: poignant anxiety.
c. Physically painful: "Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward" (Ambrose Bierce).
2. Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.
3. Agreeably intense or stimulating: "It was a poignant delight to breathe the keen air" (Joseph A. Altsheler).
a. Sharp or sour to the taste; piquant.
b. Sharp or pungent to the smell.
[Middle English poinaunt, from Old French poignant, present participle of poindre, to prick, from Latin pungere; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]
poign′ance, poign′an·cy n.
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|Noun||1.||poignancy - a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow; "a moment of extraordinary poignancy"|
|2.||poignancy - a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); "the film captured all the pathos of their situation"|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
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noun sadness, emotion, sentiment, intensity, feeling, tenderness, pathos, emotionalism, plaintiveness, evocativeness, piteousness the poignancy of their doomed love affair
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
poignancy[ˈpɔɪnjənsɪ] N → patetismo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
The film contains moments of almost unbearable poignancy → Le film contient des moments si poignants qu'ils en sont presque insoutenables.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
poignancy[ˈpɔɪnjənsɪ] n (of grief) → intensità
it was a moment of extraordinary poignancy → fu un attimo di grande commozione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995