AskDefine | Define poignancy

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1 a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow; "a moment of extraordinary poignancy" [syn: poignance]
2 a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); "the film captured all the pathos of their situation" [syn: pathos]

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  1. The quality of being poignant


  • Spanish: patetismo
  • German: die Schärfe, die Schmerzlichkeit

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