bluntness

blunt ADJECTIVE 1) lacking a sharp edge or point. 2) having a flat or rounded end. 3) uncompromisingly forthright in manner.
VERB 1) make or become blunt. 2) weaken or reduce the force of.
DERIVATIVES bluntly adverb bluntness noun.
ORIGIN perhaps Scandinavian.

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  • Bluntness — Blunt ness, n. 1. Want of edge or point; dullness; obtuseness; lack of sharpness. [1913 Webster] The multitude of elements and bluntness of angles. Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. Abruptness of address; rude plainness. Bluntness of speech. Boyle.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bluntness — index candor (straightforwardness), disrespect, honesty Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bluntness — late 15c., stupidity, from BLUNT (Cf. blunt) (adj.) + NESS (Cf. ness). Meaning rudeness is from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bluntness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Bluntness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 bluntness bluntness &c. >Adj. PARAG:Bluntness >V GRP: V 1 Sgm: V 1 be blunt be blunt render blunt &c. >Adj. Sgm: V 1 obtund obtund dull …   English dictionary for students

  • bluntness — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of sharpness Nouns bluntness, dullness; obtundity; obtuseness. Verbs blunt, full, take off the edge or point of, obtund. Adjectives blunt, dull, edgeless, obtundent, unpointed, unsharpened; obtuse.… …   English dictionary for students

  • bluntness — noun 1. the quality of being direct and outspoken the bluntness of a Yorkshireman • Derivationally related forms: ↑blunt • Hypernyms: ↑inconsideration, ↑inconsiderateness, ↑thoughtlessness 2. without sharpness or clearness of edge or point …   Useful english dictionary

  • bluntness — noun see blunt I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bluntness — See bluntly. * * * …   Universalium

  • bluntness — noun The characteristic of being blunt …   Wiktionary

  • bluntness — blunt·ness || blÊŒntnɪs n. candidness, openness; quality of not being sharp, dullness …   English contemporary dictionary

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