a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp(adj)
having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
"an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"
intense, penetrative, discriminating, shrill, neat, sharp, shrewd, lancinating, nifty, sharp-worded, not bad(p), bang-up, astute, incisive, acuate, dandy, tart, smashing, cutting, bully, precipitous, needlelike, slap-up, abrupt, lancinate, knifelike, corking, exquisite, groovy, great, acute, piercing, penetrating, swell, cracking, crisp, stabbing, peachy
intense or sharp
"suffered exquisite pain"; "felt exquisite pleasure"
incisive, slap-up, cracking, neat, sharp, lancinating, dainty, cutting, swell, knifelike, great, nifty, not bad(p), discriminating, bang-up, smashing, groovy, acute, corking, penetrating, recherche, exquisite, lancinate, piercing, bully, dandy, peachy, stabbing, penetrative
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)
"he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
cutting, keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating(adj)
painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
"a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain"
slap-up, cracking, neat, sharp, lancinating, wounding, incisive, cutting, peachy, swell, knifelike, corking, bully, dandy, nifty, smashing, not bad(p), raw, discriminating, bang-up, acute, groovy, lancinate, stinging, edged, exquisite, penetrating, piercing, bleak, great, stabbing, penetrative
having a sharp cutting edge or point
"a keen blade"
slap-up, cracking, neat, sharp, lancinating, incisive, cutting, swell, knifelike, great, nifty, not bad(p), discriminating, bang-up, smashing, groovy, acute, corking, penetrating, exquisite, lancinate, piercing, bully, dandy, peachy, stabbing, penetrative
express grief verbally
"we lamented the death of the child"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.
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How to use keen in a sentence?
We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.
We are very, very keen to stress that IT tools do not replace the basic public health workforce that is going to be needed to trace, test, isolate and quarantine.
To become a great learner, you always need to become a keen observer.
The initial reaction of most people is, What? Theres no way. But most people are very keen to actually taste it.
A lot of customers were quite keen to return devices or switch brands after learning the device in their pocket had dropped in value.
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- entusiastaCatalan, Valencian
- heftig, kühn, ungestüm, begeistert, eifrig, scharf, vehementGerman
- vehemente, entusiasta, con perspicaz, fijoSpanish
- èasgaidhScottish Gaelic
- veemente, incline, desideroso, pronto, disposto, propenso, intenzionato, voglioso, preparato, entusiastaItalian
- курч, кескин, катууKyrgyz
- öfkeli, istekli, ateşli, şiddetli, düşkün, hevesli, coşkuluTurkish
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