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Definition sharp or intense — typically arousing deep emotion such as sadness, but possibly having or creating a sharp smell, taste, or insight
  • It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = arousing sadness
  • Have you read MLK's poignant letter written from a Birmingham jail?
  • poignant = arousing deep emotion
  • Her suffering was the more poignant that she had to bear it in solitude.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • Most of you have been where I am tonight. The crash site of unrequited love. You ask yourself, How did I get here? What was it about? Was it her smile? Was it the way she crossed her legs, the turn of her ankle, the poignant vulnerability of her slender wrists? What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart? That's an age-old question. It's perfect food for thought on a bright midsummer's night.
    Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman
  • Oh, there had been moments all the sweeter and more poignant because they had been so fleeting.
    Haldeman, Julius Mr. and Mrs.  --  Dust
  • Everything she looked at, everything she remembered or thought of, became laden with poignant memory.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • The bareness of the squalid room made the pain of it more poignant.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The little house of dreams added another poignant and unforgettable moment to its store of memories.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne's House of Dreams
  • He had seen the sadness, the richness, the tragic poignancy of a way of life that each year, bit by bit, slipped beyond memory and was gone.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • poignancy = intense sadness
  • we have here a very poignant human drama.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • poignant = deeply touching the emotions
  • She spoke with that gentle, infinitesimal inflection of mockery which descended to her from her mother, but later that evening the words came back to me poignantly.
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited
  • poignantly = sharply or with intense feeling
  • With poignancy, Sissy realized that he was growing up.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • poignancy = deeply felt emotion — perhaps sadness
  • Besides, many of the joys and sorrows of childhood have lost their poignancy;
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • poignancy = intense emotional feeling
  • It's not like I had some utterly poignant, well-lit memory of a healthy father pushing a healthy child and the child saying higher higher higher or some other metaphorically resonant moment.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • poignant = intensely touching the emotions
  • This fear quickly became poignant as he realized that it was no longer a mere matter of freezing his fingers and toes, or of losing his hands and feet, but that it was a matter of life and death with the chances against him.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • poignant = sharp or intense
  • Small things, mildly depressing things, suddenly become too poignant to bear.
    Bharati Mukherjee  --  Jasmine
  • poignant = intensely sad
  • "Lee was definitely voted out," said Cynthia, "and what made it so poignant was that the people who voted him out were his friends and disciples."
    John Berendt  --  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • poignant = intensely sad
  • His earliest recollection was of great branches of lilac, standing in white jars, and they filled the house with a wistful, poignant smell.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • poignant = sharp or powerful
  • I knew that all children had certain precious belongings, odd things that represented happiness to them, but the way she cradled that case in her hand seemed poignant to me, emblematic of some sort of deprivation that she could feel but not define, or, maybe, admit to.
    Jane Smiley  --  A Thousand Acres
  • poignant = intensely sad
  • ...they were fresh and poignant, as if he had at that moment first perceived them and made for them names new and wonderful.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
poignant = sharp or intense

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