Etymology
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poignancy (n.)

1680s, "sharpness, keenness" (of words, expressions, etc.), from poignant + abstract noun suffix -cy. From 1730 as "pungency of taste or smell." By 1787 as "grief."

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Definitions of poignancy

poignancy (n.)
a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow;
a moment of extraordinary poignancy
Synonyms: poignance
poignancy (n.)
a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow);
Synonyms: pathos
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