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
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Critics lauded the tragicomic poignancy Mr. Landau brought to the role of a once-big star reduced to appearing in movies directed by the bizarrely inept Wood, often labeled the worst director of all time.
Artifacts are, by definition, backward looking things, and without a clear destination for America's present-day space program, moon artifacts take on a special poignancy.
Although Katherine Ross' set doesn't step too far away from the usual, the gifted videographer Mike Tutaj has added footage of retirement homes that lends the piece an atypically intense poignancy.
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.
Lenny’s tears and crying jags are indeed played by Cannon for poignancy, not laughs – yet late in the play, her alternating of cackles with sobs is wickedly funny.
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.
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