having a point or points: a pointed arch.
sharp or piercing: pointed wit.
having direct effect, significance, or force: pointed criticism.
directed; aimed: a pointed gun.
directed particularly, as at a person: a pointed remark.
marked; emphasized.
Heraldry. (of a cross) having parallel sides with points formed by two inclined sides on each end: a cross pointed.

1250–1300; Middle English; see point, -ed2, -ed3

pointedly, adverb
pointedness, noun
multipointed, adjective
self-pointed, adjective
unpointed, adjective
well-pointed, adjective

2. penetrating; epigrammatic.

2. blunt, dull.
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pointed (ˈpɔɪntɪd)
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

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"having the quality of penetrating the feelings or mind," 1665, from pp. of point (v.) in sense of "furnish with a point."
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point (point)

  1. A sharp or tapered end.

  2. A slight projection.

  3. A stage or condition reached.

v. point·ed, point·ing, points
To become ready to open, as an abscess or boil.
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point   (point)  Pronunciation Key 
A geometric object having no dimensions and no property other than its location. The intersection of two lines is a point.
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point definition

In geometry, a location having no dimension — no length, height, or width — and identified by at least one coordinate.

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Example sentences
Romance is pointedly unreal, but fantasy is something altogether different.
The construction crew may have phrased that a little more pointedly.
These funds' annual reports speak pointedly and clearly about the role of leverage in their performance.
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