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

Definition of poignance

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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 Spielberg revives ‘80s slapstick era Tom Hanks, adding the poignance of an immigration tale and a splash of international politics. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2022 The resulting images are unique tintypes, giving Sternbach’s contemporary subjects, in their wetsuits and bikinis, the poignance and presence of figures unmoored in time. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2022 The gripping flashbacks, the adrenaline-pumping action and the heart-piercing poignance show Mr. Ide at his best. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Antique daguerreotypes and evocations of the journeys of Odysseus and Telemachus add poignance to a heart-twisting story of love strong enough to outlast life itself. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 This year, in the shadow of the pandemic, Samhain carries extra poignance, with more socially distant observances and references to COVID-19. Deena Yellin, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 The book stands out for its raw power, poignance, and moments of grace. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2021 The production, which featured an all-Black cast, was heavy but not without moments of joy and poignance. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 The piercing cries of the bugle, along with the ways in which the boys struggle mightily with the unseen force of the wind, are full of poignance and futility. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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29 Mar 2022

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“Poignance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poignance. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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