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poignant

adjective     /ˈpɔɪ.njənt/
causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness: The photograph awakens poignant memories of happier days. It is especially poignant that he died on the day before the wedding.Saddening, shocking and upsetting poignancy     /-njən.si/ noun [U] The poem has a haunting poignancy.Saddening, shocking and upsetting poignantly     /-li/ adverb Saddening, shocking and upsetting
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