n. state of deeply felt distress or sorrow; keenness of emotion
n. quality of being sharp, keen; quality of evoking strong mental sensation or sharp pain
Watching the tearful reunion of the long-separated mother and child, the social worker was touched by the poignancy of the scene.
This year they have taken on extra poignancy in the wake of the disaster as Tacloban residents – 98% of whom are Catholic – turn to their faith for comfort.
Adding to the poignancy is that, whatever O’Connor’s fate, it will have to involve computer trickery and editing sleight-of-hand to compensate for the actor’s absence.
Sentence in Classic:
As he stood in the darkness outside the church these memories came back with the poignancy of vanished things.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Context
The recognition did not lessen the reality, the poignancy of the revelation by any suggestion or promise of instability.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin Context