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

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In view of Gould’s untimely death from AIDS in 1986 and Warhol’s death the following year, the images gain a heartbreaking poignance, Phelan says. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018 There is an effortless feeling to Brinkley’s sentences, a casual beauty that lends poignance to all his confused boys, his sad and angry men. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Masters of Contradiction," 24 May 2018 When the dialogue survives, its isolation tends to heighten its poignance or irony. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "With The Green Fog, Guy Maddin delivers an experimental feature that’s pure entertainment," 26 Apr. 2018 This concoction was a delicious souffle of equal parts humor and poignance. Dan Cryer, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Italian Teacher,’ by Tom Rachman," 28 Mar. 2018 Mixed in with these emotions is the poignance attached to Fisher's death a year ago toward the end of production. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Wars: The Last Jedi': Film Review," 12 Dec. 2017 This adds poignance to their relentless commitment to the next put-down or joke. Gary Thompson, Detroit Free Press, "Review: More fine dining, fine humor in ‘Trip to Spain’," 1 Sep. 2017 This adds poignance to their relentless commitment to the next put-down or joke. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for funny, poignant 'Trip to Spain'," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of poignance

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

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