poi·​gnance | \ ˈpȯi-nyən(t)s, sometimes ˈpȯi(g)-nən(t)s How to pronounce poignance (audio) \

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Examples of poignance in a Sentence

there's a mean-spirited poignance to the novel's satiric portrait of Hollywood
Recent Examples on the Web Since Sulli’s passing, the song’s looming dread has only magnified, but so has the poignance of its bridge. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s: Staff List," 25 Nov. 2019 Raylan’s eternal opposite number is Boyd Crowder, a local boy gone hysterically bad whom Walton Goggins played with joyful gusto and shades of poignance. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 There’s the sour news, which is complicated by tangential sensations of grotesquerie and elegance, fury and poignance, and, perhaps, of philosophical insight. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of War in “Theater of Operations”," 25 Nov. 2019 Beside blank walls, slim windows, and aging radiators, commonplace objects assume surprising poignance. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Life After Prison for Women Who Served Decades Behind Bars," 22 Oct. 2019 Cosentino says the play contains bits of dry humor, poignance and the bluntness/directness for which Atwood is known. cleveland, "Ensemble Theatre’s ‘The Penelopiad’ tells the story of the Odyssey from another angle," 5 Oct. 2019 The Connecticut native and recent Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate has a knack for finding complexity in simplicity, conveying the depth and poignance of shifting memories in his work. BostonGlobe.com, "Jesse David Scott’s (@," 14 Sep. 2019 The poignance of the no-hitter, which featured other eerie numerical coincidences — such as the correlation between the Angels’ 11th no-hitter and Skaggs wearing No. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "'Dark Knight' finds silver lining as Matt Harvey returns to Angels victorious," 13 July 2019 No shame in any game, and Hemsworth has taken himself down some glorious notches: Marvel again at his chubby poignance in Avengers: Endgame, oddly and sweetly his most dramatic performance yet. International‘s too lame for that kind of iconoclasm. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of poignance

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poignance was circa 1683

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10 Jan 2020

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“Poignance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poignance. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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