poignantly


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poign·ant

 (poin′yənt)
adj.
1.
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).
4. Archaic
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.
poign′ant·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.poignantly - in a poignant or touching mannerpoignantly - in a poignant or touching manner; "she spoke poignantly"
Translations

poignantly

[ˈpɔɪnjəntlɪ] ADV [describe, write, speak] → de modo conmovedor

poignantly

[ˈpɔɪnjəntli] adv [describe] → de façon très émouvante
Naomi's experiences are poignantly described in her fiction → Naomi décrit son expérience de façon très émouvante dans ses romans.

poignantly

adv describe, illustrateergreifend; old memories stirred poignantly within heralte Erinnerungen rührten sich wehmütig in ihr; poignantly beautifulauf wehmütige Art schön

poignantly

[ˈpɔɪnjəntlɪ] adv (feel) → intensamente; (describe) → in modo toccante
References in classic literature ?
To look on beautiful things is only to feel more poignantly the passing of bright days, and the time when the petals must leave the rose.
Of this fact I became aware very early, and felt poignantly the lack of my own kind.
They often, I believe, suffered the pangs of hunger very poignantly, especially the two younger cottagers, for several times they placed food before the old man when they reserved none for themselves.
For the moment he poignantly regretted that rumor was not true, and that his eleven millions were not in reality thirty millions.
This the lieutenant felt most poignantly, and this was the reason he leant his head against the window, and sighed so deeply.
And then he traversed the room like a hound on the scent, skimming the walls, considering the corners of the bulging matting on his hands and knees, rummaging mantel and tables, the curtains and hangngs, the drunken cabinet in the corner, for a visible sign, unable to perceive that she was there beside, around, against, within, above him, clinging to him, wooing him, calling him so poignantly through the finer senses that even his grosser ones became cognisant of the call.
And so poignantly did he remember, that he became wide awake, and many pictures, beginning, with the girl babe, burned their torment in his brain.
And, and most immediately and poignantly, were their far conclusions, their long-won wisdoms, shut even then in the huge, metallic heart of the Red One, waiting for the first earth-man to read?
Arnold's poetry, therefore, is to be viewed as largely the expression, monotonous but often poignantly beautiful, of a temporary mood of questioning protest.
At last poignantly uncertain as to what would happen if he opened his lips, he muttered:
He was smoking his cigar with a poignantly mocking air and not even looking at me.
She was dimly aware of the scathing intention lurking in these soft low tones, in these words which appealed to her poignantly.