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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 

POIGNANT (adjective)

Sense 1poignant [BACK TO TOP]


Arousing affect


affecting; poignant; touching

Context examples:

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 2poignant [BACK TO TOP]


Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

Context example:

poignant anxiety


painful (causing physical or psychological pain)

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