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English noun: dullness

1. dullness (cognition) the quality of being slow to understand


Broader (hypernym)stupidity

Narrower (hyponym)oscitance, oscitancy

2. dullness (attribute) the quality of lacking interestingness

SamplesThe stories were of a dullness to bring a buffalo to its knees.

Broader (hypernym)uninterestingness

Narrower (hyponym)boringness, dreariness, insipidity, insipidness, jejuneness, jejunity, tameness, tediousness, tedium, tiresomeness, vapidity, vapidness


3. dullness (attribute) a lack of visual brightness

SamplesThe brightness of the orange sky was reflected in the dullness of the orange sea.

Broader (hypernym)visual property

Narrower (hyponym)dimness, flatness, lusterlessness, lustrelessness, mat, matt, matte, subduedness


4. dullness (attribute) lack of sensibility

SamplesThere was a dullness in his heart.
Without him the dullness of her life crept into her work no matter how she tried to compartmentalize it..

Broader (hypernym)callosity, callousness, hardness, insensibility, unfeelingness

5. dullness (attribute) without sharpness or clearness of edge or point

SamplesThe dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible.


Broader (hypernym)configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)obtuseness

Antonymsasperity, keenness, sharpness, sharpness

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