poignant

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 poignant — Poignant, [poign]ante. adj. Picquant. Il vieillit. Douleur poignante. une douleur vive & poignante …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 Poignant — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Poignant », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Serge Poignant (1947), homme politique… …

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  • 13 poignant — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ make sth ▪ The presence of the rest of the family made John s absence even more poignant. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 poignant — [[t]pɔ͟ɪnjənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is poignant affects you deeply and makes you feel sadness or regret. ...a poignant combination of beautiful surroundings and tragic history. ...a poignant love story... Harry thought the sight of her… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 poignant — /ˈpɔɪnjənt / (say poynyuhnt), /ˈpɔɪnənt / (say poynuhnt) adjective 1. keenly distressing to the mental or physical feelings: poignant regret; poignant suffering. 2. keen or strong in mental appeal: a subject of poignant interest. 3. pungent to… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 poignant — adjective Etymology: Middle English poynaunt, from Anglo French poinant, poignant, present participle of poindre to prick, sting, from Latin pungere more at pungent Date: 14th century 1. pungently pervasive < a poignant perfume > 2. a. (1)… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 poignant — poign•ant [[t]ˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt[/t]] adj. 1) keenly distressing to the feelings 2) affecting the emotions: a poignant scene[/ex] 3) keen or strong in appeal; sharp; pointed: a subject of poignant interest[/ex] 4) pungent • Etymology:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 poignant — poi|gnant [ˈpɔınjənt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: , present participle of poindre to prick, sting , from Latin pungere; PUNGENT] making you feel sad or full of pity poignant reminder/image/moment etc ▪ a poignant reminder of our… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 poignant — poign|ant [ pɔınjənt ] adjective giving you feelings of sadness: The roadside crosses are a poignant reminder of the fatal accidents. a poignant movie …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 poignant — UK [ˈpɔɪnjənt] / US adjective giving you feelings of sadness The roadside crosses are a poignant reminder of fatal accidents. a poignant film …

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