Definitions

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  • noun a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow

Etymologies

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From poignant +‎ -ance.

Examples

  • Maybe my son is exceptionally tender-hearted, but there is heavy pathos in poignance in this film.

    Has the Wild Rumpus Begun Yet?

  • There was even a recognition back then that superheroes, to some degree, had had their day-that there was a kind of poignance in the figure of the superhero set against the modern world.

    Mania News Feed

  • Most New York revivals have focused on Follies with an upper case F, casting legendary, sometimes forgotten stars to build a sense of poignance about a spirit that cannot be recaptured.

    Howard Kissel: Another 'Follies'

  • She embodies Jane's most endearing qualities—courage, passion, devotion, unadorned beauty—but not for a moment the moist poignance that many of the umpteen previous versions have inflicted on her.

    See Jane Blossom: An Enthralling 'Eyre'

  • A shimmer of subsequent events gave the photograph an almost unbearable poignance.

    Happy Landings

  • Most New York revivals have focused on Follies with an upper case F, casting legendary, sometimes forgotten stars to build a sense of poignance about a spirit that cannot be recaptured.

    Howard Kissel: Another 'Follies'

  • Throughout, Chabon's prose moves elegantly from humor to honesty to poignance.

    Manhood for Amateurs: Summary and book reviews of Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon.

  • Most New York revivals have focused on Follies with an upper case F, casting legendary, sometimes forgotten stars to build a sense of poignance about a spirit that cannot be recaptured.

    Howard Kissel: Another 'Follies'

  • The terminally ill inmate was played by the remarkable Red West, a former stuntman, Elvis Presley bodyguard and member of the King's "Memphis Mafia," lending the episode instant credibility and poignance.

    Cheers & Jeers: Memphis Beat — Don't Be Cruel!

  • Most New York revivals have focused on Follies with an upper case F, casting legendary, sometimes forgotten stars to build a sense of poignance about a spirit that cannot be recaptured.

    Howard Kissel: Another 'Follies'

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