- (obsolete) (of a weapon etc) sharp-pointed; keen
- (of a look, or of words) piercing
- (context, of a taste) piquant
- (context, of a smell) pungent
- (dated) (mostly British) inducing sharp physical pain
- evoking sharp mental pain; distressing; emotionally moving
Etymology: From the Old French poignant from poindre "to prick" from the Latin pungere "to prick"
- Flipping through his high school yearbook evoked many a poignant memory of yesteryear.
- incisive; penetrating
- His comments were poignant and witty.
- neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant
- A poignant reply will garner more credence than hours of blown smoke.
- pleasantly intense
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