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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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POIGNANT, adjective poin'ant. [Latin pungere, pungo, to prick.]

1. Sharp; stimulating the organs of taste; as poignant sauce.

2. Pointed; keen; bitter; irritating; satirical; as poignant wit.

3. Severe; piercing; very painful or acute; as poignant pain or grief.