Adjective "poignant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.
  1. 'For people of any age coming to terms with grief, this is a poignant and moving account, beautifully illustrated and sparingly written.'
  2. 'The play follows the story of one man's fight to save his land, combining poignant drama with a sense of humour.'
  3. 'Funny, touching, moving and poignant - this could be one of the most affecting shows the Alhambra has staged.'
  4. 'This debut may remind some readers of Lorrie Moore's dry and poignant tragicomedy.'
  5. 'It was a touching and poignant afternoon as friends gathered to show their respects to a man who had remained loyal and ever faithful to the ideals of Comhaltas.'
  6. 'So often it's as much about what isn't said between people that's poignant, disturbing and moving.'
  7. 'This was a moving, poignant ceremony, which gave solace to the parents and families.'
  8. 'It's a humorous, serious, poignant, moving script, that genuinely explores the value and meaning of education.'
  9. 'It is true that I have, like many who choose to write for a living, exaggerated senses of the absurd and the poignant.'
  10. 'He can be rather repetitive, but his best work has great delicacy of colour and handling and a poignant sense of lost innocence.'
  11. 'the poignant scent of her powder'


1. keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.

2. keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest.

3. affecting or moving the emotions: a poignant scene.

4. pungent to the smell: poignant cooking odors.

More examples(as adjective)

"portraits can be poignant in scenes."

"playings can be poignant without things."

"loves can be poignant with stories."

"findings can be poignant in people."

"moments can be poignant."

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Late Middle English: from Old French, literally ‘pricking’, present participle of poindre, from Latin pungere ‘to prick’.