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
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.
Leo Sujatovich's score, full of soft piano, guitar and strings, adds to the poignancy without veering too far into the sentimental.
Often the music suggests the emotion the characters cannot show in public; the poignancy is overwhelming.
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