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Synonyms for poignant
ˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nəntpoignant

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Wiktionary2.0 / 2 votes

  1. poignantadjective

    Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.

    Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.

    moving, distressing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. poignant

    stinging, sharp, keen, penetrating, severe, biting, intense, piercing

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. affecting, poignant, touchingadjective

    arousing affect

    "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"

    touching, affecting

    painless, unmoving

  2. poignantadjective

    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

    "poignant anxiety"

    touching, affecting

    unmoving, painless

Dictionary of English Synonymes2.0 / 1 vote

  1. poignantadjective

    sharp, severe, piercing, penetrating, intense

  2. poignantadjective

    pungent, biting, acrid

  3. poignantadjective

    keen, pointed, caustic, irritating

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words2.0 / 1 vote

  1. poignantadjective

    pricking, piercing, pungent

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  1. Constantin Stanislavski:

    Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.

  2. Michael Enright:

    After I saw the cowardly way James Foley was killed, I knew I had to do something, and what was most poignant for me.

  3. Henry M. Wriston:

    Among all the tragic consequences of depression and war, this suppression of personal self-expression through one's life work is among the most poignant.

  4. Danielle Ludon:

    I'm very pleased that we invited Muslims. We also share their pain, the pain of all those who suffer, in every way, the sentiments expressed were very, very strong. Some of them were very poignant.

  5. Sybil Adelman:

    Most of you have been where I am tonight. The crash site of unrequited love. You ask yourself, How did I get here What was it about Was it her smile Was it the way she crossed her legs, the turn of her ankle, the poignant vulnerability of her slender wrists What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart That's an age-old question. It's perfect food for thought on a bright midsummer's night.

Translations for poignant

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  • ergreifend, eindringlich, eindringend, schneidend, schmerzlich, schmerzhaft, streng, treffend, packend, zugespitzt, beißend, stechend, pikant, durchdringend, spitz, scharfGerman
  • διαπεραστικός, σπαραχτικός, οξύς, οδυνηρός, αιχμηρός, αιχημρός, επίπονοςGreek
  • agudo, elocuente, claro, incisivo, punzo-cortante, conmovedor, picante, penetrante, puntiagudoSpanish
  • تکان دهندهPersian
  • kärkevä, kirpeä, pistävä, pikanttiFinnish
  • poignantFrench
  • tiamhaidhScottish Gaelic
  • elevenbe vágóHungarian
  • penetrante, chiaro, toccante, intenso, pungente, piccante, commovente, acuto, eloquente, appuntito, affilato, incisivo, emozionante, dolorosoItalian
  • נוגע ללבHebrew
  • 辛辣な, 痛烈な, 鋭いJapanese
  • ಕಟುವಾದKannada
  • whakaarohaMāori
  • schrijnendDutch
  • wzruszający, cięty, ostryPolish
  • incisivo, agudo, penetrante, claro, picante, emocionante, pungente, eloquente, comovente, doloroso, pontiagudoPortuguese
  • резкий (о запахе), пронизывающий, острыйRussian
  • starkSwedish
  • thấm thíaVietnamese
  • שאַרףYiddish
  • 凄美Chinese

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