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English adjective: blunt

1. blunt having a broad or rounded end


SamplesThick marks made by a blunt pencil.


Similarpointless, unpointed


Antonymspointed

2. blunt used of a knife or other blade; not sharp


SamplesA blunt instrument.


Similardull


Antonymssharp

3. blunt characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion


SamplesBlunt 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 what you think--and you may just as well be frank.
It is possible to be outspoken without being rude.
Plainspoken and to the point.
A point-blank accusation.


Synonymscandid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder


Similardirect


Antonymsindirect

4. blunt devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment


SamplesThe blunt truth.
The crude facts.
Facing the stark reality of the deadline.


Synonymscrude, stark


Similarunconditional, unconditioned


Antonymsconditional


English verb: blunt

1. blunt (change) make less intense


SamplesBlunted emotions.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)weaken

2. blunt (perception) make numb or insensitive


SamplesThe shock numbed her senses.


Synonymsbenumb, dull, numb


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)desensitise, desensitize

3. blunt (contact) make dull or blunt


SamplesToo much cutting dulls the knife's edge.


Synonymsdull


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Antonymssharpen

4. blunt (change) make less sharp


SamplesBlunt the knives.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

5. blunt (change) make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation


SamplesTerror blunted her feelings.
Deaden a sound.


Synonymsdeaden


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)break, damp, dampen, obtund, petrify, soften, weaken


Antonymsliven, liven up, enliven, animate, invigorate









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