American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Profoundly moving; touching: a poignant memory. See Synonyms at moving.
- adj. Physically painful: "Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward” ( Ambrose Bierce).
- adj. Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings: poignant anxiety.
- adj. Piercing; incisive: poignant criticism.
- adj. Neat, skillful, and to the point: poignant illustrations supplementing the text.
- adj. Astute and pertinent; relevant: poignant suggestions.
- adj. Agreeably intense or stimulating: poignant delight.
- adj. Archaic Sharp or sour to the taste; piquant.
- adj. Archaic Sharp or pungent to the smell.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sharp to the taste; biting; piquant; pungent.
- Pointed; keen; sharp.
- Keen; bitter; satirical; hence, telling; striking.
- Severe; piercing; very painful or acute: as, poignant pain or grief.
- Synonyms and Piquant, etc. (see pungent), sharp, penetrating, intense, biting, acrid, caustic.
- adj. obsolete, of a weapon, etc. Sharp-pointed; keen.
- adj. Incisive; penetrating.
- adj. neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant.
- adj. Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.
- adj. figuratively, of a taste or smell Piquant, pungent.
- adj. figuratively Piercing.
- adj. dated, mostly British Inducing sharp physical pain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. arousing affect
- adj. keenly distressing to the mind or feelings
- From Anglo-Norman poynaunt, puignant et al., Middle French poignant, present participle of poindre ("to prick"), from Latin pungō ("prick"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English poinaunt, from Old French poignant, present participle of poindre, to prick, from Latin pungere. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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