Definition of poignancy in US English:

poignancy

noun

  • The quality of evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.

    ‘the pregnancy has a special poignancy for her family’
    • ‘It may be a history lesson but it is sure to portray with poignancy the humour, hurt, heartbreak and pain that they didn't teach us in the classroom.’
    • ‘What gives this wretched episode extra poignancy is the fact that the bandit commander's life had been saved by the Red Cross a year earlier.’
    • ‘His public funeral and the later memorial evening of performances by the company are described with heartbreaking poignancy.’
    • ‘She delivered the long despairing monologue that closes the work with great poignancy.’
    • ‘The album isn't bad because it isn't distressing or painful, which one would expect from poignancy.’
    pathos, sadness, pitifulness, piteousness, sorrow, mournfulness, wretchedness, misery, bitterness, pain, painfulness, distress, tragedy
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Pronunciation

poignancy

/ˈpoinyənsē//ˈpɔɪnjənsi/