Synonyms & Antonyms of acute

1 able to sense slight impressions or differences
  • dogs, with their acute sense of smell, are used for finding toxic substances undetectable by humans

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How does the adjective acute contrast with its synonyms?

The words keen and sharp are common synonyms of acute. While all three words mean "having or showing alert competence and clear understanding," acute implies a power to penetrate and may suggest subtlety and sharpness of discrimination.

an acute sense of style

In what contexts can keen take the place of acute?

The synonyms keen and acute are sometimes interchangeable, but keen suggests quickness, enthusiasm, and a penetrating mind.

a keen observer of the political scene

When could sharp be used to replace acute?

While in some cases nearly identical to acute, sharp implies quick perception, clever resourcefulness, or sometimes questionable trickiness.

sharp enough to spot a confidence game

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The first known use of acute was in the 14th century

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“Acute.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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