Definition for POIGN-ANT

POIGN-ANT, a. [poin'ant; Fr. poignant, participle of poindre, from L. pungere, pungo, to prick.]

  1. Sharp; stimulating the organs of taste; as, poignant sauce. – Dryden.
  2. Pointed; keen; bitter; irritating; satirical; as, poignant wit.
  3. Severe; piercing; very painful or acute; as, poignant pain or grief. – Norris. South.

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