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blunt

blunt

 
pronunciation:
bluhnt
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having a dull edge or point; not sharp.
It's a slow and messy process to cut vegetables with a blunt knife.
synonyms:
dull
antonyms:
acute, keen, pointed, sharp
similar words:
obtuse, pointless, rounded
definition 2: direct in manner; abrupt and frank.
Her comments are so blunt at times that people are offended.The doctor gave his diagnosis in his usual blunt manner.
synonyms:
candid, direct, frank, outspoken
antonyms:
subtle, tactful
similar words:
abrupt, crude, downright, explicit, open, plain, plump, raw, round, straightforward
definition 3: slow to understand; dull of perception; insensitive.
synonyms:
dull, imperceptive, insensitive, obtuse, stupid, tactless
antonyms:
keen, sharp
similar words:
dense, dimwitted, slow
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: blunted, blunting, blunts
definition 1: to make dull.
He blunted the ax by hitting a stone.
synonyms:
dull
antonyms:
hone, sharpen, whet
similar words:
round
definition 2: to lessen the effect of.
A strong counterattack blunted their assault.
synonyms:
mitigate, moderate
antonyms:
intensify
similar words:
allay, deaden, lighten, mollify, soften
derivations: bluntly (adv.), bluntness (n.)
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