poignancy

noun
poi·gnan·cy | \ ˈpȯi-nyən(t)-sē , sometimes ˈpȯi(g)-nən(t)-sē \
plural poignancies

Definition of poignancy 

1 : the quality or state of being poignant

2 : an instance of poignancy

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Examples of poignancy in a Sentence

there was a poignancy to his wit that often left his targets smarting

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Set mostly in Brooklyn, the nine stories in this début collection are full of subtle poignancy. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 That the statement is addressed to Knausgaard’s living fourth child undercuts the drama of this assertion, but its poignancy remains. New York Times, "In Knausgaard’s ‘Spring,’ a Man Considers How Best to Help His Sick Wife," 6 July 2018 The bloody day painted the band's set with pain and poignancy. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The Dave Matthews Band returned to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion stage on Friday night," 19 May 2018 Everclear Ubiquitous radio play wore out this song’s welcome, but it’s poignancy returns when it isn’t being played once every 37 minutes. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018 Oftentimes, these posts are timed to coincide with a subject's date of birth, which only adds to the poignancy. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "The AIDS Memorial On Instagram Has Become A Must Read Remembrance Of Those We've Lost," 28 June 2018 There’s also a certain poignancy to the notebook from Auntie Helen’s Fluff’n’Fold. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New History Center exhibit traces stories of struggle and progress in LGBT community," 8 July 2018 Some of the marchers carried two posters so everyone would be represented, so that's why Downing planned to talk to friends and family to come experience the poignancy with him. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "North Township parade marchers salute fallen Hoosier soldiers," 2 July 2018 This doesn’t detract a whit from its heart-breaking poignancy and the storm of emotions that leaves half the audience sobbing by the final scenes. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of poignancy

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near poignancy

-poiesis

-poietic

poignance

poignancy

poignant

poignard

poikil-

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