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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Definitions for acute

  1. acting keenly on the senses; sharp
  2. quick in discernment; drawing fine distinctions
  3. of an angle, less than 90 degrees

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Citations for acute
I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise. Thomas Jefferson,
Origin of acute
1560-1570
by 1570, from Latin acutus "sharp, pointed." Medical sense of "fever or disease that comes and goes quickly" (rather than a chronic one) first recorded 1667.