noun (plural -cies) Date: 1730 1. the quality or state of being poignant 2. an instance of poignancy

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  • Poignancy — Poign an*cy, n. The quality or state of being poignant; as, the poignancy of satire; the poignancy of grief. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poignancy — *pathos, bathos …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • poignancy — [[t]pɔ͟ɪnjənsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Poignancy is the quality that something has when it affects you deeply and makes you feel very sad. The fact that he had been talking to the victims only minutes before their deaths gave the tragedy greater poignancy …   English dictionary

  • poignancy — noun his imminent death gave his words a special poignancy Syn: pathos, pitifulness, piteousness, sadness, sorrow, mournfulness, wretchedness, misery, tragedy …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • poignancy — poignant ► ADJECTIVE ▪ evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. DERIVATIVES poignancy noun poignantly adverb. ORIGIN from Old French poindre to prick , from Latin pungere …   English terms dictionary

  • poignancy — noun 1. a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow (Freq. 1) a moment of extraordinary poignancy • Syn: ↑poignance • Derivationally related forms: ↑poignant, ↑poignant (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • poignancy — /poyn yeuhn see, poyn euhn /, n., pl. poignancies for 2. 1. the state or condition of being poignant. 2. a poignant moment, event, situation, or the like. [1680 90; POIGN(ANT) + ANCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • poignancy — noun The quality of being poignant …   Wiktionary

  • poignancy — Synonyms and related words: acerbity, acidity, acidulousness, acridity, acrimony, asperity, astringency, bite, bitingness, bitterness, bleakness, causticity, cheerlessness, comfortlessness, cuttingness, dash, depression, discomfort, dismalness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • poignancy — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Intensity] Syn. concentration, sharpness, piquancy; see intensity 1 . 2. [Emotion] Syn. feeling, pathos, sadness, sentimentality; see emotion , feeling 4 , pathos . See Synonym Study at pathos …   English dictionary for students

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