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Poign"ant (?), a. [F., p. pr. of poindre to sting, fr. L. pungere to prick, sting. See Pungent.]

1.

Pricking; piercing; sharp; pungent.

"His poignant spear." Spenser. "Poynaunt sauce." Chaucer.

2.

Fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical.

His wit . . . became more lively and poignant. Sir W. Scott.

 

© Webster 1913.