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Pronunciation:\ˈpȯi-nyənt sometimes ˈpȯi(g)-nənt\
Etymology:Middle English poynaunt, from Anglo-French poinant, poignant, present participle of poindre to prick, sting, from Latin pungere — more at pungent
1: pungently pervasive (a poignant perfume)
2 a (1): painfully affecting the feelings : piercing (2): deeply affecting : touching b: designed to make an impression : cutting
3 a: pleasurably stimulating b: being to the point : apt
synonyms see pungent, moving
— poi·gnant·ly adverb