poignancy poignancy  /ˈpɔ ɪn jən si/


  1. (n) a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow
  2. (n) a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)



  1. In Chasing Amy, he found the poignancy in male bluster, the warmth in a guy's rivalry with and veneration of that other species, The Girl.
  2. It does have the awful poignancy of a national nightmare--and in cartoon form.
  3. And having spent all its shock value in the setup, it offers a punch line of cheerful poignancy.


  1. ‘Dixie Swim Club’ at Wichita Community Theatre explores bonds of friendship

    Wichita Community Theatre is mixing hilarity with poignancy in its latest production. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on the enduring bond of friendship and the ups and downs of life experienced by five close-knit Southern women who met on their college swim team. The show, which opened last weekend, features a cast of women as diverse as the characters they play. It’s a performance that the ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Wichita Eagle

  2. 'The Whitestone Bridge' Memoir Highlights the Unlikely Friendship Between the Sons of German and Jewish American WWII ...

    NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In the new memoir The Whitestone Bridge by Sanford Lawrence, the life and times of the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens in the 1960s is captured with poignancy ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "Of course, you find more poignancy in moments, and I'm very, very aware he's not here with us," said Bale in an interview shortly after the film's opening segment - in which Ledger's Joker orchestrates a bank heist - was screened in mid-March...
    on Mar 27, 2008 By: Christian Bale Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Not only should the Oscars celebrate excellence in the movies of the year," Mark said, "but hopefully we can figure out a way to also celebrate the joy, poignancy, laughter and thrills that folks have had at many movies of the year."
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Laurence Mark Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

  3. "That is what he is talking and thinking about," Kennedy said. "It adds a great deal of poignancy to his recovery. But that's how he sees it - he has to recover so he can get health care for the millions of people who don't have access to the...
    on Jun 9, 2007 By: Edward Kennedy Source: News1130

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