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Definition of 'blunt'


  1. make less intense; "blunted emotions"
  2. make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
       Synonyms: numb benumb dull
  3. make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"
       Synonyms: dull
       Antonyms: sharpen
  4. make less sharp; "blunt the knives"
  5. make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound"
       Synonyms: deaden
       Antonyms: enliven liven liven up invigorate animate


  1. having a broad or rounded end; "thick marks made by a blunt pencil"
  2. used of a knife or other blade; not sharp; "a blunt instrument"
  3. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation"
       Synonyms: candid forthright frank free-spoken outspoken plainspoken point-blank straight-from-the-shoulder
  4. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"
       Synonyms: crude stark

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