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obtuse

[uh b-toos, -tyoos] /əbˈtus, -ˈtyus/
adjective
1.
not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
2.
not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3.
(of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
4.
indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin obtūsus dulled (past participle of obtundere), equivalent to ob- ob- + tūd-, variant stem of tundere to beat + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s
Related forms
obtusely, adverb
obtuseness, noun
subobtuse, adjective
subobtusely, adverb
subobtuseness, noun
Can be confused
abstruse, obtuse.
Synonyms
1. unfeeling, tactless, insensitive; blind, imperceptive, unobservant; gauche, boorish; slow, dim.
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Examples for obtuse
  • When females have been candid with me, they often cite my rather obtuse ways of carrying on a conversation.
  • The parents who gave their kids the gun that his brother used to commit suicide weren't evil so much as mind-numbingly obtuse.
  • It might even be the actual dominant life form on this planet, and we're simply too obtuse to be aware of it.
  • Their words were obtuse and the presentations circuitous.
  • It doesn't matter whether the angle joining them is obtuse or acute.
  • The moral sensibility of the writer seems at once to be morbidly obtuse and morbidly acute.
  • There have been blowups, say those who have witnessed them, and obtuse demands.
  • At that point where the course suddenly alters to the northward an obtuse angle is formed.
  • Maybe he is embittered by his own experience with obtuse or dishonest venture capitalists.
  • So they often seemed strident, ideological and morally obtuse.
British Dictionary definitions for obtuse

obtuse

/əbˈtjuːs/
adjective
1.
mentally slow or emotionally insensitive
2.
(maths)
  1. (of an angle) lying between 90° and 180°
  2. (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90°
3.
not sharp or pointed
4.
indistinctly felt, heard, etc; dull obtuse pain
5.
(of a leaf or similar flat part) having a rounded or blunt tip
Derived Forms
obtusely, adverb
obtuseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obtūsus dulled, past participle of obtundere to beat down; see obtund
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Word Origin and History for obtuse
obtuse
c.1500, from M.Fr. obtus (fem. obtuse), from L. obtusus "blunted, dull," pp. of obtundere "to beat against, make dull," from ob "against" + tundere "to beat," from PIE *(s)tud- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (cf. L. tudes "hammer," Skt. tudati "he thrusts"). Sense of "stupid" is first found c.1500.
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obtuse in Medicine

obtuse ob·tuse (ŏb-tōōs', -tyōōs', əb-)
adj.

  1. Lacking quickness of perception or intellect.

  2. Not sharp or acute; blunt.


ob·tuse'ness n.
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