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Dictionary entry overview: What does poignant mean?
• POIGNANT (adjective)
The adjective POIGNANT has 2 senses:
1. arousing affect
2. keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
Familiarity information: POIGNANT used as an adjective is rare.
Dictionary entry details
|Sense 1||poignant [BACK TO TOP]|
the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene / poignant grief cannot endure forever / his gratitude was simple and touching
moving (arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion)
|Sense 2||poignant [BACK TO TOP]|
Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
painful (causing physical or psychological pain)
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