Search Result for "poignancy":
1. a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow;
- Example: "a moment of extraordinary poignancy"
[syn: poignance, poignancy]
2. a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow);
- Example: "the film captured all the pathos of their situation"
[syn: pathos, poignancy]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Poignancy \Poign"an*cy\, n. The quality or state of being poignant; as, the poignancy of satire; the poignancy of grief. --Swift. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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