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


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