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Meaning of poignant

poign•ant

Pronunciation: (poin'yunt, poi'nunt), [key]
— 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 smell: poignant cooking odors.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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