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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.
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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.
The surfacing issue of the seemingly Gulf Crises, obviously, has triggered the thoughtful pointedness of Qatar's Peace-Policies and Counter and Anti-Terrorism Strategies all around.
Practice of these asanas induce peace, balance and one pointedness bringing harmony to the body and mind and also assisting the participants to deal with stressful situations in all aspects of work and life.
The bullet fired at a tilted angle is even more lethal upon dropping down as it retains its spinning motion and pointedness.
President Duterte's visits or non-visits have been remarkable for their pointedness. He has made the obligatory visits to ASEAN and to Japan.
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.
Not so easy which requires one pointedness in three places at once, thus expanding the Mind in space.
With My Private Property, Ruefle returns to a rarer form of expressive endeavor, the prose poem, one she took up in The Most of It (2008); the question of genre was raised on that volume's back jacket, which described it as "her first book of prose," although the ISBN designation just below said "poetry." 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.
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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.