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Synonyms for poignantˈpɔɪn yənt, ˈpɔɪ nənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. affecting, poignant, touching(adj)

    arousing affect

    "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"

    touching, affecting, poignant

    painless, unmoving

  2. poignant(adj)

    keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

    "poignant anxiety"

    touching, affecting

    unmoving, painless


  1. poignant(adjective)

    Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.

    moving, distressing

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. poignant(a.)

    sharp, severe, piercing, penetrating, intense

  2. poignant(a.)

    pungent, biting, acrid

  3. poignant(a.)

    keen, pointed, caustic, irritating

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • schmerzlich, durchdringend, zugespitzt, eindringlich, streng, packend, stechend, ergreifend, eindringend, schneidend, beißend, spitz, scharf, pikant, treffend, schmerzhaftGerman
  • αιχημρός, διαπεραστικός, σπαραχτικός, οξύς, επίπονος, οδυνηρός, αιχμηρόςGreek
  • puntiagudo, penetrante, picante, claro, agudo, incisivo, punzo-cortante, elocuente, conmovedorSpanish
  • kärkevä, pistävä, kirpeä, pikanttiFinnish
  • poignantFrench
  • tiamhaidhScottish Gaelic
  • elevenbe vágóHungarian
  • piccante, commovente, acuto, eloquente, emozionante, incisivo, affilato, appuntito, penetrante, pungente, intenso, toccante, chiaro, dolorosoItalian
  • נוגע ללבHebrew
  • 痛烈な, 鋭い, 辛辣なJapanese
  • whakaarohaMāori
  • schrijnendDutch
  • wzruszający, cięty, ostryPolish
  • agudo, penetrante, picante, emocionante, pungente, comovente, doloroso, incisivo, pontiagudo, eloquente, claroPortuguese
  • пронизывающий, острый, резкий (о запахе)Russian
  • starkSwedish

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