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poignant

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1 having the power to affect the feelings or sympathies
  • a poignant story of a love affair that ends in tragedy
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2 sharp and pleasantly stimulating to the mind or senses
  • a poignant truthfulness to the author's observations
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pungent, piquant, poignant, racy mean sharp and stimulating to the mind or the senses. pungent implies a sharp, stinging, or biting quality especially of odors.
    • a cheese with a pungent odor
piquant suggests a power to whet the appetite or interest through tartness or mild pungency.
    • a piquant sauce
poignant suggests something is sharply or piercingly effective in stirring one's emotions.
    • felt a poignant sense of loss
racy implies having a strongly characteristic natural quality fresh and unimpaired.
    • spontaneous, racy prose

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