Crossword clues for poignant
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Poignant \Poign"ant\, a. [F., p. pr. of poindre to sting, fr. L. pungere to prick, sting. See Pungent.]
Pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent. ``His poignant spear.''
--Spenser. ``Poynaunt sauce.''
Fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical.
His wit . . . became more lively and poignant.
--Sir W. Scott.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "painful to physical or mental feeling" (of sauce, spice, wine as well as things that affect the feelings), from Old French poignant "sharp, pointed" (13c.), present participle of poindre "to prick, sting," from Latin pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Related: Poignantly.\n
\nThe word disguises a linguistics trick-play, a double reverse. Latin pungere is from the same root as Latin pugnus "fist," and represents a metathesis of -n- and -g- that later was reversed in French.
a. 1 (context obsolete of a weapon etc English) sharp-pointed; keen. 2 incisive; penetrating. 3 neat; eloquent; applicable; relevant. 4 Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving. 5 (context figuratively of a taste or smell English) piquant, pungent. 6 (context figuratively of a look, or of words English) piercing. 7 (context dated mostly British English) induce sharp physical pain.
Usage examples of "poignant".
Pbilae, my own beloved dahabeeyah, but it recalled poignant memories of that never-to-be forgotten voyage I could not restrain a sigh when we took our leave, and Emerson glanced questionirigly at me.
Tremors, born within me that day when old gray, bristling Leggett, our Principal, opened the schoolroom door upon Lucy Tait, are as poignant, as sweetly terrible, now as in that far time when the light of her wondrous presence first fell upon me.
She greeted him with a mocking, enigmatic smile in which was a poignant gaiety.
This was as though every poignant experience of her past had been rolled into one, raised to the nth power, and stabbed relentlessly into the deepest, tenderest, most sensitive centers of her being.
It appeared to be the only remaining trace of the HQ, and to George at least there was a poignant touch obout this.
She submitted a poignant petition to the Court of Oyer and Terminer, not on her own behalf but rather for the others whom she believed innocent.
Mary Viner, his Mary Viner, quick of breath and quick of colour, his Beloved of the poignant mouth.
What chiefly lives in it are certain poignant phrases, certain eloquent bars, a glowing, winey bit of color here, a velvety phrase for the oboe or the clarinet, a sharp, brassy, pricking horn-call, a dreamy, wandering melody for the voice there.
Beset by a grief so poignant that methought I must die of it, sat I in my chamber overlooking King Street.
Western fascination with punishment and redemption be a poignant attempt to make sense of perinatal Stage 2?
Touched to tears by the unnamed loss that raged through him, he trembled, his emotion resharpened to unblunted potency, and his grief, too poignant to bear.
They looked for him everywhere when they came out, but he had vanished, and they were left with a regret which, if unavailing, was not too poignant.
Man and underman, they faced each other with a kindness and gratitude which was so poignant as to be very close to grief.
Hazard smiled at the vivid imagery, warmed by the poignant memories of his growing up time, when this land was Absarokee land.
Ernest Bloch that is a large, a poignant, an authentic expression of what is racial in the Jew.