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English definition of “poignant”

poignant

adjective     /ˈpɔɪnjənt/
making you feel sad : It's a poignant story about a poor family's struggle to survive .Making people sad, shocked and upset
poignancy     /ˈpɔɪnjənsi/ noun [U] the quality of being poignantMaking people sad, shocked and upset poignantly adverb
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