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Definition of Keen

Keen

  1. Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.
  2. Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.
  3. Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.
  4. Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; -- applied to cold, wind, etc, ; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.
  5. Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.
  6. To sharpen; to make cold.
  7. A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.
  8. To wail as a keener does.

Keen Quotations

Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.
Ezra Taft Benson

It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
Samuel Adams

There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
Alfred Hitchcock

Please let me assure you, however, that the keen disappointment and regret which I feel in this regard serve only to enhance my profound appreciation of the great honor which you have done me; and my sincere gratitude for your generous action.
Cordell Hull

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion. - John Burroughs
Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.
John Burroughs
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Keen Translations

keen in Afrikaans is lewendig
keen in Danish is livlig
keen in Dutch is kras, rap, levendig, kwiek, druk
keen in German is scharf, eifrig
keen in Italian is ansioso, nitido
keen in Latin is acer
keen in Norwegian is skarp, ivrig
keen in Portuguese is afiado
keen in Spanish is acre, ganoso
keen in Swedish is skarpsinnig, skarp, vass, ivrig
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