pointedness


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point·ed

 (poin′tĭd)
adj.
1. Having an end coming to a point.
2. Sharp; cutting: pointed criticism.
3. Obviously directed at or making reference to a particular person or thing: a pointed comment.
4. Clearly evident or conspicuous; marked: a pointed lack of interest.
5. Characterized by the use of a pointed crown, as in Gothic architecture: a pointed arch.
6. Having a rough finish produced by a pointed tool. Used of masonry.

point′ed·ly adv.
point′ed·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pointedness - the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
taper - the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
unpointedness - the property of having only a dull tip (if any)
2.pointedness - the quality of being obviously directed at a particular person or thing; "the pointedness of his sarcasm was unmistakable"
directness, straightness - trueness of course toward a goal; "rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"
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There is, then, the second point cleared up, or nearly so," said Eugenie, without the least confusion, and with that masculine pointedness which distinguished her gesture and her language; "and you appear satisfied with the explanation.
Crawford had not asked her, she must have been the last to be sought after, and should have received a partner only through a series of inquiry, and bustle, and interference, which would have been terrible; but at the same time there was a pointedness in his manner of asking her which she did not like, and she saw his eye glancing for a moment at her necklace, with a smile--she thought there was a smile--which made her blush and feel wretched.
But when applied more directly, jokes could have a far more pointed role in interrogating and shaping the controversies of these behaviours, when playfulness stopped and pointedness began.
The categorization isn't easily decided: If you compare the pieces in these two volumes to, say, the short fiction of Lydia Davis and Deb Olin Unferth, they are similar in their pointedness and concision.
Given their brevity, pointedness, and structured nature, letters of these sorts lend themselves to (qualitative and quantitative) content analysis.
Shappi Khorsandi @ Liverpool Comedy Central 'She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.
In order to understand the particular force of Sidney's critique, and the pointedness of the Calender's deployment of a strange and archaic English, it is essential to recognize that when this book is released in 1579, Tudor poetics' central critical project was discovering the English language's potential as a literary medium by making it conform to the models and methods of the standard humanist canon of classical and authorized continental literature.
Abbott's veto statement on Davis' House Bill 3736, one of the two pieces of legislation with the loophole, stood out for its pointedness, with Abbott declaring he "will not be a part of weakening our ethics laws" and saying the conversation should continue into next session.
The wing tip shape index quantifies the pointedness of the wing tips (Jennings et al.
And due to their short nature, this pointedness can be reasonably expected.
The novel alerts us, with a certain casual pointedness, to the importance of the figure of the watched sleeper in chapter 33, when storms batter Chigwell on a bitter winter night and local residents huddle together to swap ghost stories and spine-tingling tales, including ones about people who have "gone to sleep in old churches and being overlooked had found themselves alone there at the dead hour of the night" (264).
These analogies often feel undermotivated because one can replace either of the pair of terms with instances that come before Booth's period of interest, thus undermining the pointedness of making the comparison in the first place.