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blunt
WordNet 2.0
  • make less lively, intense, or vigorous
  • impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
  • "Terror blunted her feelings"
  • "deaden a sound"
  • make less sharp
  • "blunt the knives"
  • make less intense
  • "blunted emotions"
  • make dull or blunt
  • "Too much cutting dulls the knife''s edge"
  • make numb or insensitive
  • "The shock numbed her senses"
  • devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
  • "the blunt truth"
  • "the crude facts"
  • "facing the stark reality of the deadline"
  • characterized by directness in manner or speech
  • without subtlety or evasion
  • "blunt talking and straight shooting"
  • "a blunt New England farmer"
  • "I gave them my candid opinion"
  • "forthright criticism"
  • "a forthright approach to the problem"
  • "tell me wh
  • used of a knife or other blade
  • not sharp
  • "a blunt instrument"
  • having a broad or rounded end
  • "thick marks made by a blunt pencil"
blunt
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; dull; not sharp.

    "The murderous knife was dull and blunt. Shak." --

    2. Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; stupid; -- opposed to acute.

    "His wits are not so blunt. Shak." --

    3. Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech. "Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior." "A plain, blunt man." Shak.

    4. Hard to impress or penetrate. [R.]

    "I find my heart hardened and blunt to new impressions. Pope." --

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    Blunt is much used in composition, as blunt-edged, blunt-sighted, blunt-spoken.

    Syn. -- Obtuse; dull; pointless; curt; short; coarse; rude; brusque; impolite; uncivil.

  • 1. To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt. Shak.

    2. To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.

  • 1. A fencer's foil. [Obs.]

    2. A short needle with a strong point. See Needle.

    3. Money. [Cant] Beaconsfield.

 

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