from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a poignant, stimulating, piercing, or irritating manner; with keenness or point.

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  • adverb In a poignant manner.

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  • adverb In a poignant manner.

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  • adverb in a poignant or touching manner


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poignant +‎ -ly


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