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BLUNT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does blunt mean? 

BLUNT (adjective)
  The adjective BLUNT has 4 senses:

1. having a broad or rounded end
2. used of a knife or other blade; not sharp
3. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
4. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

  Familiarity information: BLUNT used as an adjective is uncommon.


BLUNT (verb)
  The verb BLUNT has 5 senses:

1. make less intense
2. make numb or insensitive
3. make dull or blunt
4. make less sharp
5. make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

  Familiarity information: BLUNT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLUNT (adjective)


Sense 1blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a broad or rounded end

Context example:

thick marks made by a blunt pencil

Similar:

pointless; unpointed (not having a point especially a sharp point)


Sense 2blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of a knife or other blade; not sharp

Context example:

a blunt instrument

Similar:

dull (not having a sharp edge or point)


Sense 3blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

Synonyms:

straight-from-the-shoulder; point-blank; free-spoken; frank; forthright; candid; outspoken; plainspoken; blunt

Context examples:

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

Similar:

direct (extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action)


Sense 4blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

Synonyms:

stark; blunt; crude

Context examples:

the blunt truth / the crude facts / facing the stark reality of the deadline

Similar:

unconditional (not conditional)


BLUNT (verb)


Sense 1blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make less intense

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

blunted emotions

Hypernyms (to "blunt" is one way to...):

weaken (lessen the strength of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make numb or insensitive

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

benumb; numb; blunt; dull

Context example:

The shock numbed her senses

Hypernyms (to "blunt" is one way to...):

desensitise; desensitize (cause not to be sensitive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make dull or blunt

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

blunt; dull

Context example:

Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge

Hypernyms (to "blunt" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make less sharp

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

blunt the knives

Hypernyms (to "blunt" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5blunt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

blunt; deaden

Context examples:

Terror blunted her feelings / deaden a sound

Hypernyms (to "blunt" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "blunt"):

obtund (reduce the edge or violence of)

petrify (cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned)

break; damp; dampen; soften; weaken (lessen in force or effect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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