plangency

noun

plan·​gen·​cy ˈplan-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce plangency (audio)
: 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, 28 Aug. 2019 The tenor William Burden was a winning Florestan, vividly projecting his character through singing of sweet-toned plangency. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plangency was in 1858

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“Plangency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plangency. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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