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What does "Acute" mean?

Definition

(a.) Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease (a.) Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning (a.) Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure (a.) High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent (a.) Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf (v. t.) To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much


Synonyms keen, critical, intense, sharp, ague, perceptive, incisive, pointed, piercing, discriminating, penetrating, acuate, subacute, acute accent, knifelike, penetrative


Example: "An acute observer of politics and politicians" Example: "Acute appendicitis" Example: "An acute (or critical) lack of research funds" Example: "Acute pain"


Word Family acutely, acuteness