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poignant

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of poignant

  1. 1 having the power to affect the feelings or sympathies a poignant story of a love affair that ends in tragedy Synonyms of poignant affecting, emotional, impactful, impressive, moving, stirring, touchingWords Related to poignant eloquent, expressive, meaningful, significant; demonstrative, excitable, feeling, passionate, responsive, sensitive; exciting, inspirational, provoking, rousing, stimulating; dramatic, histrionic, melodramatic, theatrical (also theatric); catharticNear Antonyms of poignant cold, cool, detached, dispassionate, emotionless; deadpanAntonyms of poignant unaffecting, unemotional, unimpressive

  2. 2 sharp and pleasantly stimulating to the mind or senses a poignant truthfulness to the author's observations on marriage Synonyms of poignant pert, piquant, pungent, salty, savory (also savoury), zesty, zingyWords Related to poignant racy, spicy; fiery, gingery, hot, peppery, vinegary; acute, keen; biting, bitter, cutting, mordant, trenchant; animating, energizing, enlightening, exciting, galvanizing, invigorating, piquing, provocative, provoking; ambrosial, appetizing, delectable, delicious, luscious, palatable, scrumptious, toothsome; flavorful, savorous, tasty; absorbing, arresting, engaging, engrossing, enthralling, fascinating, gripping, interesting, intriguing, rivetingNear Antonyms of poignant flat, flavorless, savorless, tasteless; arid, banal, barren, boring, colorless, drab, dreary, dry, dull, flat, humdrum, leaden, monotonous, numbing, pedestrian, ponderous, predictable, stale, stodgy, tedious, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, wearying; bland, dilute, thin, watery, weakAntonyms of poignant insipid, zestless

Synonym Discussion of poignant

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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