poignance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From poignant +‎ -ance.

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Noun[edit]

poignance (plural poignances)

  1. Poignancy; the quality or state of being poignant. [from 17th c.]
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1016:
      The objects themselves might have come from some Stone Age grave so remote did they seem: yet they had poignance.
    • 1988 August 19, Cecil Adams, “The Straight Dope”, Chicago Reader:
      Too bad Locke's idea didn't catch on; the thought of measuring things in philosophical feet has an unquestionable poignance.