Blunt; not sharp.
Intellectually dull or dim-witted.
Indirect or circuitous.
Of sound: deadened or muffled.
Of an angle: greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.
Of a triangle: with one obtuse angle.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
able, acute, apt, clear-sighted, discerning, intelligent, judicious, keen, keen-sighted, keen-witted, perspicacious, quick of scent, quick-scented, rational, sagacious, sage, sensible, sharp, sharp-witted, shrewd, wise
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of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees
(of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex
lacking in insight or discernment
"too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior"; "a purblind oligarchy that flatly refused to see that history was condemning it to the dustbin"- Jasper Griffin
dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowadjective
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
"so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"
vague, ho-hum, muted, sluggish, subdued, deadening, faint, mute, slow, thudding, boring, dumb, dense, irksome, black, silent, wispy, heavy, dim, purblind, muffled, tedious, impenetrable, dull, dimmed, speechless, shadowy, tiresome, softened, bleak, thick, wearisome, leaden
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How to use obtuse in a sentence?
It is because the public are a mass -- inert, obtuse, and passive -- that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are -- and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence.
I think Martha, Owen's widow, she's a very obtuse, square-headed person. I think she's done more to erase my brother Owen's memory than she ever did to remember him.
Sanity is the lot of those who are most obtuse, for lucidity destroys one's equilibrium: it is unhealthy to honestly endure the labors of the mind which incessantly contradict what they have just established.
The following general definition of an animal: a system of different organic molecules that have combined with one another, under the impulsion of a sensation similar to an obtuse and muffled sense of touch given to them by the creator of matter as a whole, until each one of them has found the most suitable position for its shape and comfort.
But the onus, the responsibility lies with Senator McConnell to stop being so obtuse and get about the business of organizing this trial.
Translations for obtuse
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- obtúsCatalan, Valencian
- beschränkt, begriffsstutzig, stumpfGerman
- αμβλύς, αμβλύνους, κουτόςGreek
- obtuso, romoSpanish
- tylsä, vaimennettu, vaimea, hidasjärkinen, tylppä, hidasälyinenFinnish
- obtus, obtuse, sourdFrench
- глупав, глуп, тапMacedonian
- bot, afgestompt, gesmoordDutch
- ałhiʼdiidzoNavajo, Navaho
- parvo, obtuso, bronco, abafadoPortuguese
- недалёкий, тупой, приглушённый, притуплённыйRussian
- trög, dov, trubbig, tjockskallig, slöSwedish
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