Synonyms and Antonyms of keenness
a harsh or sharp quality
- The keenness of the knife should tell you that it was sharpened recently.
- a writer famous for the keenness of her wit
acerbity, acidity, acidness, acridity, acridness, acrimoniousness, acrimony, acuteness, asperity, bite, bitterness, edge, harshness, poignance, poignancy, pungency, roughness, sharpness, tartness
ginger, punch, spice, tang
raucousness, severeness, severity, shrillness, virulence, vitriol
urgent desire or interest
- Grandpa was looking forward to his birthday party with the keenness of a youngster.
appetite, ardor, avidity, avidness, desirousness, eagerness, enthusiasm, excitement, hunger, impatience, lust, thirst
ambition, gusto, zest
appetence, appetency, fervency, passion, warmth, zeal
amenability, readiness, willingness
exceptional discernment and judgment especially in practical matters
- had the financial keenness to know that the stock was overvalued
acumen, astuteness, caginess (also cageyness), canniness, clear-sightedness, foxiness, hardheadedness, intelligence, knowingness, sharpness, shrewdness, wit
discernment, insight, perception, perceptiveness, perceptivity, percipience, sagaciousness, sagacity, sageness, sapience, wisdom
artfulness, artifice, craft, craftiness, cunning, deviousness, guile, slickness, slyness, sneakiness, subtleness, subtlety, wiliness
brain(s), gray matter, intellect, reason, sense
artlessness, greenness, guilelessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naiveness, naïveté (also naivete), simplemindedness, simpleness, simplicity, unsophistication, unworldliness
brainlessness, density, doltishness, dopiness, dumbness, fatuity, foolishness, half-wittedness, mindlessness, oafishness, obtuseness, senselessness, slowness, stupidity, stupidness, vacuity, witlessness
the state or quality of being able to sense slight impressions or differences
- There's an enhanced keenness of hearing that young mothers seem to develop.