From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Poignant \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.
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   2. Fig.: Pointed; keen; satirical.
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            His wit . . . became more lively and poignant. --Sir
                                                  W. Scott.
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