Definition of poignancy
1 : the quality or state of being poignant
2 : an instance of poignancy
Examples of poignancy in a Sentence
there was a poignancy to his wit that often left his targets smarting
Recent Examples of poignancy from the Web
The result, Living on Soul, which had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival, is a rousing film that takes on added poignancy as a result of the death of Daptone star Sharon Jones at the end of last year.
The poignancy of this question coming from someone so young -- with many families feared among the victims -- was lost on no one.
The music took on added poignancy when Berry died in March.
Here his work in Sudan, as well as his photographic practice in general, gains even more poignancy, power and relevance as a new and dynamic dimension of his work is revealed.
Meanwhile, thousands gathered in Hong Kong for the annual candlelight vigil to remember the events of June 4, 1989, which have gained added poignancy in recent years in view of a continuing struggle for democracy there.
A white, riderless parade float topped with a New Orleans-style tomb and black wreaths brought particular poignancy to the otherwise colorful affair.
Theis, Bell and Bremner know how to work Aron's story for maximum warmth and wit, so the poignancy doesn't spill over into pathos.
There’s a lightness to many of the cues, but also a poignancy that shone throughout.
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