Definition for poignant

adjective as in affecting, painful

adjective as in sharp, bitter

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Example Sentences

Barnett’s painstaking attention to detail renders particularly poignant the irony of the impact that the oil trade has had on marine life.

This track helped me through lockdown as it is one of my all-time favorites and the song’s message is particularly poignant and relevant right now – stop discriminating against each other and help each other out.

From Digiday

Space, once a man’s place, is at last and forever changing—and Wally Funk is perhaps the most poignant face of that transformation.

From Time

It works, and is so poignant and awkward that it’s no surprise that reviews often mentioned Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback as a cringe-comedy reference point.

You included a poignant anecdote about your son interrupting your reading on a rainy day.

It was poignant, and we so wanted to leave and be out there.

All of which makes David Freeman's portrait of Hitchcock in his final days all the more poignant.

But Billy Childs absolutely delivers the goods in this poignant collection of Laura Nyro songs.

And as a writer and actor on The Mack, he made that film feel both more desperate and more poignant.

“Three is a Magic Number” becomes stunningly poignant to any couple that welcomes its first child.

In that poignant moment of self-revelation Tom's cumbersome machinery of intuition did not fail him.

The most poignant test, however, came when port was reached and the scented land-wind met his nostrils with the—Spring.

Octavie felt as if she had passed into a stage of existence which was like a dream, more poignant and real than life.

This immediate, poignant grief stung them bitterly and prevented for the moment any thought of what the future might hold.

The edge of her wit had become poignant, her speech rendered logical and allusive.


On this page you'll find 99 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to poignant, such as: bitter, disturbing, emotional, heartbreaking, heartrending, and moving.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.