bluntness


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blunt

 (blŭnt)
adj. blunt·er, blunt·est
1. Having a dull edge or end; not sharp.
2.
a. Abrupt and often disconcertingly frank in speech: "People [in the Western US] are blunt with one another, sometimes even cruel, believing honesty is stronger medicine than sympathy" (Gretel Ehrlich). See Synonyms at gruff.
b. Stark; unadorned: "The blunt truth ... is that he is devoid of political courage" (Jeff Jacoby).
3. Slow to perceive, understand, or feel; dull or insensitive: "I felt blunt with shock when I heard the news" (Sallie Bingham).
v. blunt·ed, blunt·ing, blunts
v.tr.
1. To dull the edge of (a knife, for example).
2. To make less effective; weaken: blunting the criticism with a smile.
v.intr.
To become blunt: When the scraper blade blunts, you will have to replace it.
n.
1. A cigar whose interior has been hollowed out and filled with marijuana.
2. A marijuana cigarette that has been rolled in a cigar's tobacco leaf wrapper instead of rolling paper.

[Middle English. N., short for Phillies Blunt, a trademark for cigars of a type often used to make blunts.]

blunt′ly adv.
blunt′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bluntness - the quality of being direct and outspoken; "the bluntness of a Yorkshireman"
inconsiderateness, inconsideration, thoughtlessness - the quality of failing to be considerate of others
2.bluntness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
obtuseness - the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point
shape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"

bluntness

noun frankness, forthrightness, openness, candour, truthfulness, plain speaking, outspokenness His bluntness got him into trouble.
Translations
صَراحَه، خُشونَه
neomalenosttupost
ligefremhedsløvhed
életlenségtompultság
tuposť
açık sözlülükdobra dobralıkkörleşme

bluntness

[ˈblʌntnɪs] N
1. [of blade etc] → falta f de filo, lo poco afilado
2. (= outspokenness) → franqueza f

bluntness

[ˈblʌntnɪs] n (= forthrightness) [person] → brusquerie f, franc parler m

bluntness

n
(of blade, needle)Stumpfheit f
(= outspokenness)Unverblümtheit f

bluntness

[ˈblʌntnɪs] n (fig) (of person) → brutale franchezza

blunt

(blant) adjective
1. (of objects) having no point or sharp edge. a blunt knife.
2. (of people) (sometimes unpleasantly) straightforward or frank in speech. She was very blunt, and said that she did not like him.
verb
to make less sharp. This knife has been blunted by years of use.
ˈbluntly adverb
ˈbluntness noun
References in classic literature ?
One day Philip, with the bluntness of his age, asked him if it was true he had been with Garibaldi.
The generosity of Sophia's temper construed this behaviour of Jones into great bravery; and it made a deep impression on her heart: for certain it is, that there is no one quality which so generally recommends men to women as this; proceeding, if we believe the common opinion, from that natural timidity of the sex, which is, says Mr Osborne, "so great, that a woman is the most cowardly of all the creatures God ever made;"--a sentiment more remarkable for its bluntness than for its truth.
Then he recalled the coarseness and bluntness of her thoughts and the vulgarity of the expressions that were natural to her, though she had been brought up in the most aristocratic circles.
Thy language,'' answered Rowena, ``hath in its indifferent bluntness something which cannot be reconciled with the horrors it seems to express.
I had a man's bluntness of perception, and I was half maddened by suspense.
As he said good-night to his hostess, Vassenka would again have kissed her hand, but Kitty, reddening, drew back her hand and said with a naive bluntness, for which the old princess scolded her afterwards:
Not from you, it doesn't sound natural, and I like your old bluntness better.
You'd change your mind," said Wilson, with irritated bluntness, "if you knew the entire scheme instead of only part of it.
There is an openness, a quickness, almost a bluntness in Mr.
Something of her natura l bluntness broke out in her man ner as she repeated the answer.
These words, however, had not the inhospitable bluntness with which they may strike the reader; for the two relatives, in a talk before bedtime, had arrived at a certain degree of mutual understanding.
He was a noisy, boisterous, reckless lad, whose good-natured eye contradicted the bluntness and bullying tenor of his speech.