plan·​gen·​cy | \ ˈplan-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce plangency (audio) \

Definition of plangency

: the quality or state of being plangent

Examples of plangency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But psychological acuity alone does not account for the novel’s effect on the reader, which depends more profoundly on the curious plangency of its style. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Caleb Crain’s “Overthrow” and the Power of Literary Form," 28 Aug. 2019 The tenor William Burden was a winning Florestan, vividly projecting his character through singing of sweet-toned plangency. Jeremy Eichler,, "From darkness to light with Boston Baroque’s rousing ‘Fidelio’," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plangency

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Plangency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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