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poignant

adjective uk   /ˈpɔɪ.njənt/ us  
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
noun [U] uk   /-njən.si/ us  
The poem has a haunting poignancy.Saddening, shocking and upsetting
poignantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Saddening, shocking and upsetting
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