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blunt

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of blunt

  1. 1 being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner he values honesty and is quite blunt about telling people what he doesn't like about them Synonyms of blunt abrupt, bluff, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremonious Words Related to blunt gruff, rough, snappish; candid, direct, forthright, foursquare, frank, free-spoken, open, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, point-blank, straightforward, straight-out; artless, discourteous, disrespectful, impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, insensitive, rude, tactless, undiplomatic; brief, closemouthed, laconic, reserved, reticent, terse, tight-lipped; earnest, honest, sincere; coarse, crass, crude, low, uncouth, vulgar Near Antonyms of blunt civil, considerate, courteous, diplomatic, gracious, polite, politic, smooth, suave, tactful; loquacious, talkative, voluble; long-winded, prolix, verbose; courtly, cultivated, gallant, genteel, polished, refined Antonyms of blunt circuitous, mealymouthed

  2. 2 lacking sharpness of edge or point a blunt knife won't open that package Synonyms of blunt dull, blunted, dulled, obtuseWords Related to blunt dullish; rounded, smooth; even, flat, flattened, levelNear Antonyms of blunt jagged, needlelike, prickly, spiked, spikelike, spiky (also spikey), spiny; jabbing, lacerating, piercing, scratching, stabbing; ultrasharpAntonyms of blunt cutting, edged, edgy, ground, honed, keen, pointed, sharp, sharpened, whetted

Synonym Discussion of blunt

dull, blunt, obtuse mean not sharp, keen, or acute. dull suggests a lack or loss of keenness, zest, or pungency.
    • a dull pain
    • a dull mind
blunt suggests an inherent lack of sharpness or quickness of feeling or perception.
    • a person of blunt sensibility
obtuse implies such bluntness as makes one insensitive in perception or imagination.
    • too obtuse to take the hint

blunt

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of blunt

  1. to reduce or weaken in strength or feeling the mushy music blunted the effect of the movie's final tragic scene Synonyms of blunt benumb, dull, cauterize, damp, dampen, deaden, numbWords Related to blunt muffle, mute, tone (down); decrease, diminish, lessen, let up (on), lower, reduce, subdue; debilitate, enfeeble, weaken; dwindle, recede, subside, taper (off), wane; alleviate, ease, lighten; abate, moderateNear Antonyms of blunt amplify, augment, beef (up), boost, consolidate, deepen, enhance, heighten, intensify, magnify, redouble, step up, strengthen; animate, arouse, stimulateAntonyms of blunt sharpen, whet



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