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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

acute

\uh-KYOOT\ , adjective;
1.
acting keenly on the senses; sharp
2.
quick in discernment; drawing fine distinctions
3.
of an angle, less than 90 degrees
4.
happening quickly, briefly, and severely
Quotes:
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:
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.
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