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Word: poignancy

Definition: quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant: touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick


Sentences Containing 'poignancy'

'You will picture to yourself, my dear Mr. Copperfield, what the poignancy of my feelings must be, when I inform you that Mr. Micawber is entirely changed.
- Melodic.net 26 / "Traces of Nick Drake burst through as the album's placid poignancy intensifies with each running track.
Despite this, she said, Dwight's tears in his talking head and Jim's goodbye to Michael "achieved the bearable level of poignancy".
Dhawan kept and expanded the story's poignancy, while changing the focus to Gopal's relationship with Mrs. Shaw, giving the story specificity and universal relevance, and infusing it with wit.
Gary Goldstein in the "Los Angeles Times" wrote that "October Baby" is "a film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on."
Roger Sutton in his review for "Horn Book Magazine" said "while the book has the far-out ideas and expert pace that Sleator's fans admire, there's an added dimension of poignancy in the character of Marco, both in his intense bond with his sister Lilly and in his restlessness: obsessed with travel even as a young child, intently riding buses and trains, he has, by the time he reappears as an adult in "The Boxes", become something of an intergalactic Flying Dutchman."
The character is well rounded, affords humour but avoids buffoonery and also generates great affection from the audience, having poignancy, scope and dramatic range.
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