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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kyoot]
    • /əˈkyut/
    • /ə.ˈkjuːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoot]
    • /əˈkyut/

Definitions of acuteness word

  • adjective acuteness sharp or severe in effect; intense: acute sorrow; an acute pain. 1
  • adjective acuteness extremely great or serious; crucial; critical: an acute shortage of oil. 1
  • adjective acuteness (of disease) brief and severe (opposed to chronic). 1
  • adjective acuteness sharp or penetrating in intellect, insight, or perception: an acute observer. 1
  • adjective acuteness extremely sensitive even to slight details or impressions: acute eyesight. 1
  • adjective acuteness sharp at the end; ending in a point. 1

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Origin of acuteness

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
1560-70; < Latin acūtus sharpened, past participle of acuere (acū-, v. stem, akin to acus needle, ācer sharp + -tus past participle suffix)

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Parts of speech for Acuteness


acuteness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

acuteness usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acuteness

noun acuteness

  • fierceness — menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
  • forcefulness — full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective: a forceful plea for peace.
  • severity — harshness, sternness, or rigor: Their lives were marked by severity.
  • keenness — finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily: a keen razor.
  • intelligence — capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.

Antonyms for acuteness

noun acuteness

  • ignorance — the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
  • inability — lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means: his inability to make decisions.
  • ineptness — without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks. She is inept at dealing with people.
  • stupidity — the state, quality, or fact of being stupid.
  • dullness — not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.

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