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

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 This reader, with at least 50 years more in corporeal form than Ching, could not help but rapidly identify with her wisdom and experience the poignance of her story. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2023 The wild-eyed goofy younger Springsteen cracks through, but never lightly, always with poignance. Christopher Borrelli, Baltimore Sun, 7 Apr. 2023 In this book, however, her collages produce not surprise or poignance but a sense of cutting and pasting, of breathless summary. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 In honor of the occasion, Porchlight snagged the historic Studebaker Theater and filmed the show all around venue, out front and backstage, distancing the young performers but also capturing a lot of the poignance of this lonely moment of sad, empty theaters. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2020 If reproductive futurism is fixated on meaning-making, as in, drawing existential poignance out of the illusion of progress and succession, then Edelman’s proposition encourages the rejection of meaning and determinacy itself in the pursuit of ideological liberation. Alex Quicho, Wired, 9 Jan. 2022 That means none of the bubble-burst poignance that Bartlett and Natasha Rothwell brought as the servant-victims of getaway decadence. Darren Franich, EW.com, 24 Oct. 2022 Transcending expectations is its own expectation, and Midnights makes clear, with modest poignance, that Swift has burned out on her own hype. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 In the song’s intro, processional drums and a trembling guitar line promised a power ballad with all the poignance of a Steven Spielberg movie. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poignance was circa 1683

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“Poignance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poignance. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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