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Synonyms for acuteness

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  1. acutenessnoun

    acumen, sharpness, keenness

  2. acutenessnoun

    The quality of being acute or pointed; as, the acuteness of an angle.

    acumen, keenness, sharpness

  3. acutenessnoun

    The faculty of nice discernment or perception; sensitiveness; – applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions.

    acumen, sharpness, keenness

  4. acutenessnoun

    Shrillness; high pitch; – said of sounds.

    keenness, acumen, sharpness

  5. acutenessnoun

    Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.

    sharpness, acumen, keenness

  6. acutenessnoun

    Shrewdness, quickness of mind

    keenness, acumen, sharpness

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. acuteness

    Sharpness, acuteness, and insight, however keen, and penetration, however deep, fall short of the meaning of acumen, which implies also ability to use these qualities to advantage. There are persons of keen insight and great penetration to whom these powers are practically useless. Acumen is sharpness to some purpose, and belongs to a mind that is comprehensive as well as keen. Cleverness is a practical aptitude for study or learning. Insight and discernment are applied oftenest to the judgment of character; penetration and perspicacity to other subjects of knowledge. Sagacity is an uncultured skill in using quick perceptions for a desired end, generally in practical affairs; acumen may increase with study, and applies to the most erudite matters. Shrewdness is keenness or sagacity, often with a somewhat evil bias, as ready to take advantage of duller intellects. Perspicacity is the power to see clearly through that which is difficult or involved. We speak of the acuteness of an observer or a reasoner, the insight and discernment of a student, a clergyman, or a merchant, the sagacity of a hound, the keenness of a debater, the shrewdness of a usurer, the penetration, perspicacity, and acumen of a philosopher.

    acumen, cleverness, discernment, insight, keenness, penetration, perspicacity, sagacity, sharpness, shrewdness

    bluntness, dulness, obtuseness, stupidity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. acutenessnoun

    a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed

    "dogs have a remarkable acuteness of smell"

    acuity, sharpness, keenness


  2. acuteness, acuity, sharpness, keennessnoun

    a quick and penetrating intelligence

    "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"

    keenness, distinctness, eagerness, pungency, edge, visual acuity, sharp-sightedness, asperity, raciness, avidness, bite, avidity, sharpness, acuity


  3. acutenessnoun

    the quality of having a sharp edge or point

    acuity, sharpness, keenness


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. acutenessnoun


  2. acutenessnoun

    acumen, shrewdness, penetration, sagacity, sagaciousness, astuteness, sharpness, brightness, perspicacity, discernment, ingenuity, mother-wit, quick parts

  3. acutenessnoun

    severity, intensity, poignancy, violence

  4. acutenessnoun

    highness, shrillness

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "acuteness":

    acuity, gravity, seriousness, severity

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How to use acuteness in a sentence?

  1. John Calvin:

    Without Christ, sciences in every department are vain....The man who knows not God is vain, though he should be conversant with every branch of learning. Nay more, we may affirm this too with truth, that these choice gifts of God -- expertness of mind, acuteness of judgment, liberal sciences, and acquaintance with languages, are in a manner profaned in every instance in which they fall to the lot of wicked men.

  2. Robert Burns:

    I want someone to laugh with me, someone to be grave with me, someone to please me and help my discrimination with his or her own remark, and at times, no doubt, to admire my acuteness and penetration.


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