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Synonyms for obtuse
əbˈtus, -ˈtyus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obtuse(adj)

    of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees

    dumb, dense, slow, dim, purblind, dull

    compound, smart, acute, discerning

  2. obtuse(adj)

    (of a leaf shape) rounded at the apex

    dumb, dense, slow, dim, purblind, dull

    compound, smart, discerning, acute

  3. obtuse, purblind(adj)

    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

    visually impaired, purblind, sand-blind, dull, visually challenged, near-blind, dense, dim, dumb, dim-sighted, slow

    smart, discerning, acute, compound

  4. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow(adj)

    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

    discerning, acute, smart, compound


  1. obtuse(adjective)

    dense, deaden, blunt, obtuse-angled, thick, dull, dim-witted, dim, muffle

    acute-angled, quick off the mark, bright, sharp, clear, acute, on the ball, smart, pointed, intelligent, quick-witted

  2. obtuse(adjective)

    Blunt; not sharp.

    dull, dim-witted, dim, muffle, obtuse-angled, blunt, thick, deaden, dense

    sharp, smart, on the ball, quick off the mark, bright, quick-witted, clear, acute-angled, pointed, intelligent, acute

  3. obtuse(adjective)

    Intellectually dull or dim-witted.

    obtuse-angled, deaden, muffle, blunt, dense, dim-witted, dull, thick, dim

    bright, sharp, on the ball, acute-angled, pointed, quick-witted, smart, intelligent, clear, acute, quick off the mark

  4. obtuse(adjective)

    Indirect or circuitous.

    obtuse-angled, dim, dim-witted, thick, dull, muffle, deaden, blunt, dense

    clear, acute, acute-angled, intelligent, bright, quick off the mark, smart, sharp, pointed, on the ball, quick-witted

  5. obtuse(adjective)

    Of sound: deadened or muffled.

    deaden, dim-witted, dim, obtuse-angled, muffle, dull, blunt, thick, dense

    acute, quick-witted, intelligent, sharp, bright, clear, smart, acute-angled, quick off the mark, pointed, on the ball

  6. obtuse(adjective)

    Of an angle: greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.

    muffle, dim, deaden, thick, blunt, obtuse-angled, dense, dull, dim-witted

    on the ball, bright, clear, pointed, smart, quick off the mark, sharp, acute-angled, acute, quick-witted, intelligent

  7. obtuse(adjective)

    Of a triangle: with one obtuse angle.

    dim-witted, thick, dense, muffle, deaden, obtuse-angled, blunt, dull, dim

    clear, sharp, acute-angled, on the ball, smart, quick-witted, acute, bright, pointed, quick off the mark, intelligent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obtuse

    dull, stupid, unintelligent, stolid, doltish

    acute, clever, intelligent, quick, sharp

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. obtuse(a.)

    dull, stupid, stolid, doltish, blockish, stockish, heavy, slow, unintelligent, unintellectual, shallow, dull-witted, blunt-witted

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How to use obtuse in a sentence?

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Insight is an ability to gain uncommon, accurate and deep understanding into something or a situation which will eventually lead to problem solving or conflict resolution. However, irrespective of anybody's riches, affluence, pomp, intelligence or personality, without insight he or she is like the beasts that perish (Psalms 49:20). Now, that is to say evidently, right inside every genuine successful man or woman lies an insight. In other words, any meaningful and positive legacy or impact is traceable to insight. So, I ask? Are you insightful or unperceptive? Anyway, you should be and remain insightful and not at all obtuse. Therefore, quest for insight and showcase it in all you do. -Emeasoba George

  2. Georges Bataille:

    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.

  3. Denis Diderot:

    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.

  4. Alfred Jarry:

    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.

  5. Bret Hart:

    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.

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