poignance

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noun poi·gnance \ˈpȯi-nyən(t)s sometimes ˈpȯi(g)-nən(t)s\

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Examples of poignance in a Sentence

  1. there's a mean-spirited poignance to the novel's satiric portrait of Hollywood

Circa 1683

First Known Use of poignance

circa 1683


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