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Definition of Acute

Acute

  1. Sharp at the end; ending in a sharp point; pointed; -- opposed to blunt or obtuse; as, an acute angle; an acute leaf.
  2. Having nice discernment; perceiving or using minute distinctions; penetrating; clever; shrewd; -- opposed to dull or stupid; as, an acute observer; acute remarks, or reasoning.
  3. Having nice or quick sensibility; susceptible to slight impressions; acting keenly on the senses; sharp; keen; intense; as, a man of acute eyesight, hearing, or feeling; acute pain or pleasure.
  4. High, or shrill, in respect to some other sound; -- opposed to grave or low; as, an acute tone or accent.
  5. Attended with symptoms of some degree of severity, and coming speedily to a crisis; -- opposed to chronic; as, an acute disease.
  6. To give an acute sound to; as, he acutes his rising inflection too much.

Acute Quotations

The most important innovators often don't need any technologies - just imagination and acute sensitivity to people's needs.
Geoff Mulgan

I found, when I left, that there were others who felt the same way. We'd meet, they'd come and seek me out, we'd talk about the future. And I found that their depression and pessimism was every bit as acute as mine.
Wole Soyinka

These people being of a sharp and acute intellect, and gifted with a rich and powerful understanding, excel in whatever studies they pursue, and are more quick and cunning than the other inhabitants of a western clime.
Giraldus Cambrensis

The shock of any trauma, I think changes your life. It's more acute in the beginning and after a little time you settle back to what you were. However it leaves an indelible mark on your psyche.
Alex Lifeson

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
Lydia M. Child
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Acute Translations

acute in Dutch is scherp, acuut, helder, voorbijgaand
acute in German is scharf, intensiv
acute in Italian is nitido, intensivo
acute in Portuguese is agudo
acute in Spanish is acre, intenso
acute in Swedish is akut, spetsig
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