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Noun: poignancy  poyn-yun(t)-see
  1. A state of deeply felt distress or sorrow
    "a moment of extraordinary poignancy";
    - poignance
  2. A quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
    "the film captured all the poignancy of their situation";
    - pathos

Derived forms: poignancies

Type of: quality, sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulness