poignant

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. painful, pungent, intense, piercing, sharp, keen, biting. See feeling, pungency.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Sharp]
Syn. piquant, bitter, acute; see sarcastic .
2. [Touching]
Syn. moving, touching, emotional, piercing; see moving 2 , pitiful 1 , sad 2 .
See Synonym Study at moving .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[POIN yunt]
moving or touching, especially in a painful way.
The poignant final scene moved the audience to tears.
SYN.: moving, touching, painful, emotional, heartrending, heartbreaking, soul-stirring, sad, pitiful, pathetic, agonizing.
ANT.: insipid, vapid, flat, emotionless
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Exciting a deep, usually somber response: affecting, impressive, moving, stirring, touching. See TOUCH. 2. Archaic. Affecting the organs of taste or smell with a strong and often harsh sensation: piquant, pungent, sharp, spicy, zesty. See SMELLS, TASTE.

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  • poignant — poignant, ante [ pwaɲɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XIIIe; « piquant » 1119; de poindre « piquer », avec infl. de empoigner, poigne ♦ Qui cause une impression très vive et pénible; qui serre, déchire le cœur. ⇒ déchirant. Une scène poignante. ⇒ bouleversant,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • poignant — poignant, ante (po gnan, gnan t ; quelques uns disent poi gnan) adj. 1°   Qui point, qui pique. •   Le hérisson a reçu de la nature la facilité de présenter de tous côtés des armes poignantes, BUFF. Morc. choisis, p. 195. 2°   Fig. •   Qui cause… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • poignant — [poin′yənt; ] Brit, also [ poin′ənt] adj. [ME poynant < MFr poignant, prp. of poindre < L pungere, to prick: see POINT] 1. a) sharp or pungent to the smell or, formerly, the taste b) keenly affecting the other senses [poignant beauty] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Poignant — Poign ant, a. [F., p. pr. of poindre to sting, fr. L. pungere to prick, sting. See {Pungent}.] 1. Pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent. His poignant spear. Spenser. Poynaunt sauce. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poignant — (adj.) late 14c., painful to physical or mental feeling (of sauce, spice, wine as well as things that affect the feelings), from O.Fr. poignant (13c.), prp. of poindre to prick, sting, from L. pungere to prick (see PUNGENT (Cf. pungent)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • poignant — [adj1] affecting, painful agitating, agonizing, bitter, distressing, disturbing, emotional, heartbreaking, heartrending, impressive, intense, moving, passionate, pathetic, perturbing, piteous, pitiful, sad, sentimental, sorrowful, touching,… …   New thesaurus

  • poignant — index bitter (penetrating), moving (evoking emotion) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • poignant — 1 *pungent, piquant, racy, spicy, snappy Analogous words: penetrating, piercing, probing (see ENTER): *sharp, keen, acute: *incisive, trenchant, cutting, biting, crisp Antonyms: dull (reaction, sensation) 2 * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • poignant — Poignant, [poign]ante. adj. Picquant. Il vieillit. Douleur poignante. une douleur vive & poignante …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • poignant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret. DERIVATIVES poignancy noun poignantly adverb. ORIGIN from Old French poindre to prick , from Latin pungere …   English terms dictionary

  • poignant — poignantly, adv. /poyn yeuhnt, poy neuhnt/, adj. 1. keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret. 2. keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest. 3. affecting or moving the emotions: a poignant scene. 4. pungent to the… …   Universalium

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