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pointed

[poin-tid] /ˈpɔɪn tɪd/
adjective
1.
having a point or points:
a pointed arch.
2.
sharp or piercing:
pointed wit.
3.
having direct effect, significance, or force:
pointed criticism.
4.
directed; aimed:
a pointed gun.
5.
directed particularly, as at a person:
a pointed remark.
6.
marked; emphasized.
7.
Heraldry. (of a cross) having parallel sides with points formed by two inclined sides on each end:
a cross pointed.
Origin of pointed
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see point, -ed2, -ed3
Related forms
pointedly, adverb
pointedness, noun
multipointed, adjective
self-pointed, adjective
unpointed, adjective
well-pointed, adjective
Synonyms
2. penetrating; epigrammatic.
Antonyms
2. blunt, dull.
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  • Indeed, seeing there was to be no more milk, he pointedly turned his back, and began to wash his face.

    Mr. Witt's Widow Anthony Hope
  • It did not answer the Whence, Whither, and Why; it pointedly changed the subject.

  • Finally, Mrs. Brant broke up the debate by pointedly remarking on the lateness of the hour.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • Why, she wondered, did he so pointedly exclude her from this case?

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • I have never been made so pointedly unwelcome in all my life.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for pointedly

pointed

/ˈpɔɪntɪd/
adjective
1.
having a point
2.
cutting or incisive: a pointed wit
3.
obviously directed at or intended for a particular person or aspect: pointed criticism
4.
emphasized or made conspicuous: pointed ignorance
5.
(of an arch or style of architecture employing such an arch) Gothic
6.
(music) (of a psalm text) marked to show changes in chanting
7.
(of Hebrew text) with vowel points marked
Derived Forms
pointedly, adverb
pointedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pointedly

pointed

adj.

c.1300, "having a sharp end or ends," from point (n.). Meaning "having the quality of penetrating the feelings or mind" is from 1660s. Related: Pointedly; pointedness.

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